Have you heard of the “Harlem Shake“? If not, you’re probably living under a rock or you just don’t use social media like most of the rest of us. The Internet meme began just a couple of weeks ago after a group of teenagers calling themselves “The Sunny Coast Skate” posted a video to YouTube. This meme is a 30-second video featuring an excerpt from the song “Harlem Shake” by electronic musician Baauer. A quick look on YouTube today shows 88,300 results when you type in “Harlem Shake”. That’s a whole lot of videos to watch!
I won’t get into what the video is all about — again, if you haven’t seen at least one version of it already, shame on you — but I do want to point out a great app that seems to be growing in popularity as quickly as the “Harlem Shake” called Vine. According to the app developers, Vine is “the best way to see and share life in motion.” Using the app, you can create six-second looping videos in a simple and fun way and share it through the app itself or on Twitter and/or Facebook.
For those who are interested in making their own videos (“Harlem Shake” or any other), check out Vine. And don’t forget to use the hashtag #vine on Twitter when sharing it. Maybe your video will be the next big Internet meme.
Before I leave you, I feel it is my duty as a proud University of Maryland alumna to share my favorite “Harlem Shake” video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbPPvOtn5g8. Go Terps!
“Profiles Pick” is a series of posts where we share with our readers something pertaining to social media that we think you ought to be aware of. This could be an interesting blog post or a blogger, a clever tweet or a Twitter handle you should follow, or a video or Facebook page to check out.