The Harlem Shake meme infects Microsoft and Intel

It's only been a couple of weeks since the Harlem Shake YouTube video went live, but since then the clip of a person dancing to an obscure 1980s dance track that's later joined by a ton of other people has become the latest Internet meme to go viral.

YouTube's Trends blog states that since the original video was posted on January 30th, there have been over 40,000 videos posted with "Harlem Shake" in the title that have generated a total of 175 million views as of February 14th.

One of those 40,000 videos comes from Intel, where we see a man (or woman; we can't tell) in one of those colorful outfits that we used to see in Intel TV commercials from several years ago dancing his (or her) heart out at an Intel campus. Naturally, the ex-Intel mascot is quickly joined by lots of other folks, most of which are in their own outfits.

Microsoft is apparently not immune to this newest Internet viral sensation. A new video shows Microsoft team members creating their own version of the dance at the UK's Sheffield University, where Microsoft stopped on a tour of various UK universities to show off Windows 8. The creator of the video, Mark Boss, actually filmed the clip with a Surface tablet.

While the video is technically not an official Microsoft clip, the official Windows Twitter page did post a link to the video, so we assume someone at Microsoft approves. We just hope that Harlem Shake will soon run its course.

Source: Windows 8 Harlem Shake

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It's a stupid meme if you will, but I find it a little funny that companies are joining it by creating their own videos.

One of those 40,000 videos comes from Intel, where we see a man (or woman; we can't tell)

John, the thing in the purple suit is male.
The fact you can't tell has me worried for you.

Obviously nobody here has a sense of humor. If you're complaining about there being a bazillion videos of this... why would you watch so many and then complain? lol

Get over yourselves people. Just ignore it like every other thing you ignore on the internet ala justin beiber.

I do have a sense of humour. The truth is, Harlem Shake is NOT FUNNY. It is stupid. It is annoying.
Anyone that goes on recommending it others, seriously needs to ... get ... a ... life ... !

DJGM said,
I do have a sense of humour. The truth is, Harlem Shake is NOT FUNNY. It is stupid. It is annoying.
Anyone that goes on recommending it others, seriously needs to ... get ... a ... life ... !

It is funny to some people. Period.

Whereas Gangnam Style was somewhat annoying, at least it was to some extent funny.
Harlem Shake however, is just annoying. Very annoying. Very VERY annoying indeed.

This is the good thing about living in Honduras and not having a super fast connection.
Up until this post I had never heard of this meme

Funny for one or 2 videos after that I can imagine it gets a bit boring.

Still a catchy tune if you ask me

curme said,
Maybe it's because I live in Korea, but thankfully I have no clue what this dance is all about.

My best guess would be the Dupstep dance (d)evolving.

This has to be as stupid a dance as Gangnam.

And the worst part of it is...they had the Today Show glorifying this stupid dance...and I honestly don't qualify it as a dance.

Looks like people having a seizure more than a dance.

pes2013 said,

Who are you to say so?

He aint alone.
Also most memes are just stupid, lame or plain petarded.

Have you seen memes recently? Or you still find it funny Goku saved us yesterday? that vegeta landed? or other stupid nonsense you see a million times a day if you have friends.

Must say there a plenty of memes that are a great addition to the ancient memes of rly? yarly NO WAI!

For me meme's are a higher form of smiley's...

Not random bogus videos.

(for those who think 4chan/reddit or 9gag invented the meme's, you're wrong)

Shadowzz said,

He aint alone.
Also most memes are just stupid, lame or plain petarded.

Have you seen memes recently? Or you still find it funny Goku saved us yesterday? that vegeta landed? or other stupid nonsense you see a million times a day if you have friends.

Must say there a plenty of memes that are a great addition to the ancient memes of rly? yarly NO WAI!

For me meme's are a higher form of smiley's...

Not random bogus videos.

(for those who think 4chan/reddit or 9gag invented the meme's, you're wrong)

I owe you 10 bucks

Shadowzz said,

He aint alone.
Also most memes are just stupid, lame or plain petarded.

Have you seen memes recently? Or you still find it funny Goku saved us yesterday? that vegeta landed? or other stupid nonsense you see a million times a day if you have friends.

Must say there a plenty of memes that are a great addition to the ancient memes of rly? yarly NO WAI!

For me meme's are a higher form of smiley's...

Not random bogus videos.

(for those who think 4chan/reddit or 9gag invented the meme's, you're wrong)


Like I said, dont like it, dont watch it.

timster said,

I wasn't aware people weren't allowed to have an opinion anymore.


His opinion its stupid. Others dont think it is. So it aint stupid.

pes2013 said,

His opinion its stupid. Others dont think it is. So it aint stupid.

My opinion is stupid? Says who? You? Grow up you little turd.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

My opinion is stupid? Says who? You? Grow up you little turd.


His opinion IS stupid. It makes no sense calling something "retarded, lame and stupid" if some other people like it and dont consider it that way. Thats who says it.

I dont really understand the meme but I like it better than others which were a lot more annoying.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
Boring? How do you recon that? It was funny until the gazillionth video about it showed up.

Then don't watch it a gazillionth time.

Who said I watched it a gazillion times? If your feed is full of this "fun" then it's hard to miss and all you gotta do is scroll down-down-down.

Seeing your other comments it seems others can't have a different opinion than you do, sorry to say but either you like it or not I can state my opinion and it is that this "trend" sucks.

Why do people on the internet seek out things that annoy you? If you saw some dog poop on the sidewalk you'd ignore it. You wouldn't start rolling around in it screaming "I hate this poop it smells!"

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
Who said I watched it a gazillion times? If your feed is full of this "fun" then it's hard to miss and all you gotta do is scroll down-down-down.

Seeing your other comments it seems others can't have a different opinion than you do, sorry to say but either you like it or not I can state my opinion and it is that this "trend" sucks.

Well you said the gazillionth videos so it must mean you watched them to know they are truely about the same meme...

The ones where it's just people dancing are kinda boring now. There's some pretty fun ones too though, freddie wong's channel has a 3d animated one, pixelkingdom did an awesome 8 bit characters version, & I've seen various other random funny ones (Beanie baby's was cute)