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The whole Peanuts gang
has done it. The Super Mario Bros
. have, too. So have “Star Wars” characters
, a banana
, President Obama
, SeaWorld trainers
, and even grandma
. It appears that the “Harlem Shake” is the viral trend we just can’t, well, shake. But if you’re of the persuasion that the 30-second video meme surpassed its 15 minutes of online fame about 15 minutes ago, you’re not alone.
The Los Angeles Times
reports that “Harlem Shake” fake-outs are proliferating across the Web, including a couple of parodies that would prefer the Internet fuss stop. Perhaps nobody would agree with this sentiment more than the actual residents of Harlem, who were interviewed by Schlepp Films
to learn their take:
RELATED: ‘Harlem Shake’ dances its way into viral history
Side note: Billboard
announced that music producer Baauer’s “Harlem Shake,” the song used in the viral smash, debuted at No. 1 on its Hot 100 list, making it only the 21st song since the chart first began in 1958 to accomplish the feat.
And therein lies the power of going viral. But how do you necessarily make
a video actually go viral? Forbes
explains that a new service called TubeRank
might be the secret to finding your brand’s “viral formula.”
RELATED: 8 brands that broke the rules of viral content and won big
No matter the final formula, Geoff Livingston contends
that a shift in online content toward more “immersive media”—by which he means visual and audio—will require “dramatic writing skills” from content producers.
Writing is also the key to being taken more seriously professionally, or so says Dave Kerpen. In a post on LinkedIn
, the Likable CEO explains why good writing is an essential job skill and shares five ways he’s improved his prose.
RELATED: ‘Coffee’ listed as a viable LinkedIn skill
Of course, improving your writing goes hand-in-hand with bettering your grasp of language. Assisting marketers with the latter, SocialTimes
reports that YouTube now offers content translation in 36 languages.
Being bilingual in English and sarcasm, I can confirm that language even affects the way we think, a notion that the TED blog
validates with five examples.
RELATED: Are women better communicators than men?
While language and communication aren’t subjects you should approach with a lackadaisical disposition, students who entered CollegeHumor’s recent Average Student Scholarship Contest
found that a middling attitude toward higher learning helped push them to the head of the class for once. Meet each of the mediocre winners here
At this weekend’s Academy Awards, winning isn’t all that matters. Remember, it’s an honor just to be nominated—so sure
. That aside, here’s a briefing of other highlights that nominees and viewers alike should bear in mind heading into, as well as during, Sunday’s telecast:
• The Daily Beast offers a video checklist to nailing the acceptance speech:
• If Ben Affleck’s “Argo” snags Best Picture, he’ll need to add thanking Aflac to his checklist for its tribute Twitter campaign, #Aflack4Affleck.
• Of course, the competition is pretty fierce in each of the film categories. Just have a look at the nominees … well, a look at the nominees reenacted by kids:
• As you watch, try figuring out which of the six types of Oscar viewers you might be.
• You should probably identify your viewing persona before consuming too much alcohol, presumably thanks in part to the 2013 Oscars Drinking Game.
• Also, for viewers in
Scranton, Pa. Utica, N.Y., watch for Quill.com’s ode to NBC’s “The Office” with its spot for Dunder Mifflin paper products:
RELATED: Oscar predictions based on social media
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