For years, George Takei was mostly known for his role as Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek (in both TV and film). While many Star Trek fans will probably always remember him for that role, the 75-year-old actor has made a name for himself in another medium - social media star.
It's highly likely that you follow Takei on Facebook or Twitter. On Facebook, he routinely posts funny images, popular memes, status updates, and the like. Basically, if the reddit community or something similar would appreciate it, there's a chance that Mr. Takei is sharing it on Facebook.
Takei has amassed over 2.1 million "likes" to his page, and his posts usually receive tens of thousands of likes and shares and sometimes hundreds of comments.
Long story short - he's a Facebook superstar. He's also a minor star on Twitter and Pinterest, mind you. But now, some active Google+ users want to bring Takei's humorous presence to their network of choice.
Here's how operation #TakeiTuesday was born and spread across Google+:
All right all. It's here. It's #TakeiTuesday ! Help us get @GeorgeTakei to join us over here on G+!!!!
Send him a Tweet and let him see all the G+ love we have to offer!
I don't know about you, but I'd love to see #GeorgeTakei join us here on G+. Just putting the word out there that I'm on a mission to get his attention. I was thinking that on #TakeiTuesday it might be a nice time to try to reach him on Twitter @GeorgeTakei to show him how much love he'd see from this community.
All right my Trekkers, who's in?
Join the effort to beamfrom Facebook to Google+!
Unless you're new to the planet, you've heard about actor's vocal complaints against Facebook's idea to actually deliver your posts only if you pay. (Right now, Facebook secretly deletes most of the status updates you post without telling you or the people who will never see them.)
A growing red-shirt army of Google+ pleeps, including, , , , and others are banding together to beam the one and only from the inhospitable Planet Facebook to the Starship Google+!
Here's what you can do to join the effort:
2. Plus-one and share this message to grow the movement.
3. Write a comment below in support ofdumping Facebook and moving to Google+!
The reference above to Takei's outspoken anger toward Facebook and their new Promoted Posts feature stems from this update he posted to the site on June 13th:
FB used to allow fans to elect to see ALL posts by selecting "All Updates" from the right hand corner of a post. For community pages such as this, though, FB recently decided that only certain fans will see certain posts, and it plans to ask me to pay for more fan views.
I understand that FB has to make money, especially now that it is public, but in my view this development turns the notion of "fans" on its head. So I encourage all friends and fans to visit my page regularly to make sure they share in all the fun.
He later posted a follow up where he let a Facebook employee clarify that "the main point of confusion we've seen is that pages don't realize that their posts were never reaching 100% of fans. If you go to your page insights, you'll see this has always been the case."
In fact, Facebook's Promoted Posts simply allows page owners to have their posts reach more than the typical 6%-12% that some of them are used to.
Nevertheless, Google+ users pounced on the notion to get Takei over on their side. And it looks like it has worked. Takei posted this just a few hours ago to his Facebook page:
That link does indeed take you to George Takei's new Google+ page. But he was serious about the no content part. It looks like he's going to have to see 250,000 people add him to circles in order to start really using the service.
As of right now, he's up to 18,000.
When Google+ was in its infancy, it openly courted celebrities to join - their weight could obviously help to popularize the network. and to some extent, it worked. Takei's not going to single-handedly launch Google+ into Facebook's orbit, but having more popular presences from other social realms embrace Google+ couldn't hurt.