George Takei Expands Social Media Presence to YouTube and Teams Up With AARP for New Series

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 WASHINGTON – The legendary George Takei is teaming up with AARP to boldly go where George has never gone before—a YouTube show! Debuting today at www.youtube.com/takeistake, Takei’s Take is a new bi-weekly series produced by AARP that takes a smart, funny, irreverent look at what is happening in the world of the internet, and how it infiltrates our lives. As the host of Takei’s Take, Takei will navigate the ever-changing online landscape and procure topics for further investigation.

“I’ve had so much fun connecting with fans of all ages through Facebook and Twitter, and now with AARP, I’m looking forward to reaching even more people with our new Web series on YouTube,” said Takei. “In this digital age, video content has become a powerful way to communicate and create a shared experience. Who doesn’t love a good cat video! We’ll also go beyond that and showcase the best of what’s on the Web, plus go in depth on topics that will be relevant across generations.”

Perhaps best known for playing Mr. Sulu on Star Trek, in recent years Takei has morphed into a popular culture icon and social media phenomenon. With a burgeoning Facebook following of more than 4.5 million likes and more than 800,000 Twitter followers, Takei and AARP hope to draw on his appeal across multiple generations and attract viewers on YouTube. Though primarily targeted to engage the 45+ demographic, the new series will appeal to people of all ages. Episodes will focus on technology, what’s trending, and what’s hot on the Web—from Google Glass and online dating, to Memes and GIFs—offering the audience Takei’s point of view combined with his unique humor and charm.

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