George Takei is living the dream. Whose dream and where that dream is taking place are undecided. Regardless, the guy has done it all. A successful career as a helmsman for the USS Enterprise, a regular guest on “The Howard Stern Show,” acclaimed voice actor — there is nothing Hikaru Sulu cannot do.
Now, Takei is boldly going where no man has gone before (see what I did there, it’s called a “shitty joke”). Due to the fact that he is pretty much the most important person on Facebook, tech studio Stamen has created a bacteria-inspired video representation of the most shared images on Facebook, which all happened to show up on Takei’s page.
“Each visualization is made up of a series of branches, starting from George. As each branch grows, re-shares split off onto their own arcs. Sometimes, these re-shares spawn a new generation of re-shares, and sometimes they explode in short-lived bursts of activity. The two different colors show gender, and each successive generation becomes lighter as time goes by. And the curves are just for snazz.”
Pay special attention to the original burst of viral sharing that really encompasses those first few hours when an image or video spread like, well, a virus.