William Shatner Launches Hashtag Battle, Pushing Nimoy and Quinto to 1M Followers in Same Night

By: Mike Tuttle - September 2, 2014

William Shatner stays on top of things, tech-wise. He maintains an active Twitter presence. He has a Tumblr that he uses to review apps and other products.

For example, when Facebook released the Mentions app, Shatner downloaded it, used it, and reviewed it, complete with screenshots and detailed comments about improvements.

In general, the man is not finished with the world his Star Trek character helped to launch.

In the middle of the night last night, William Shatner brought his considerable social media muscle to bear on a project to benefit a couple of his Star Trek alum buddies, Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto.

At 9:38 PM EST, Shatner tweeted: “Leonard needs 400 more to break a million followers! Let’s do it!@TheRealNimoy”

At 9:42 PM, Shanter posted a follow-up: “Congratulations! He’s over a million!@TheRealNimoy”

That’s right. In less than four minutes, Shatner’s following took Leonard Nimoy’s up by at least 400 followers. In fact, as of this writing, Nimoy has 1,002,434 followers. That’s 2,000 more than when Shatner gave him the launch last night.

Shatner himself has 1.95 million followers. He is an active Twitter user, often live-tweeting TV episodes, actively engaging his followers many times a day.

Once he pushed Nimoy over the 1 million mark, he took on a more ambitious goal. At 9:54 PM, he tweeted: “So now the other Mr. Spock needs to get to 1 million.@ZacharyQuintoneeds about 5500 more followers to reach 1 million.”

At 10:23 PM, he posted a followup: “a little more love for@ZacharyQuintoto push both Spocks over a million in the same hour”

The numbers rose steadily, but Shatner persisted: “1066 – Battle of Hastings and number of followers to get@ZacharyQuintoto 1 million!”

Finally, the barrier was broken.

His work here was done. The Shat signed off for the day.

In the past, Shatner has helped other Trek alum, such as Michael Dorn, to get their Twitter accounts verified.

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  • PhilipE1951

    I wonder if going to Warp Speed the first time was as exciting.

  • Slobslapper

    According to George Takei, Shatner is a prick.

    • TakeiIsGay

      And we all know, he is an expert.

    • fred smith

      @slob – every one is a prick to some one else. Prove to me you never made an enemy. Takei is just pissed Shatner was a bigger star and got paid more.

      • Slobslapper

        Yea, I was actually being facetious

      • Steve-o Notgivnitout

        I think you’re putting words in Mr. Takei’s mouth here. I’ve seen him talk about all his former co-stars. He’s always been a gentlemen when speaking about them.

        The ‘shat’ included.

    • Confused

      Does that mean that Takei loves Shatner?

    • Steve-o Notgivnitout

      According to Shatner, now, he knows he was a prick when he was younger. But many of us can say that about our younger selves.

  • Mark Humphreys

    Shatner….Class act all the way !!!

  • Steve-o Notgivnitout

    One of THE best TV specials I’ve ever seen was a thing called, “How William Shatner Changed the World”. It was a look at all the tech that came from engineers, scientists, business people who were Star Trek TOS fans.

    He said on that show that he’s always been a technology guy.