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“Harlem Shake” Becomes Egyptian Protest Song

20 Mar

All of us in the U.S. have come to know and love/hate the “Harlem Shake” viral YouTube craze. But in Egypt, it’s taken on another meaning entirely: An act of political protest. This phenomenon that has the world laughing, has caught the imagination of revolutionaries as a new way to challenge the country’s new Islamist rulers.

“It’s a funny way to protest the Muslim Brotherhood who have taken control of the country,” said law student Tarek Badr, 22, who was one of more than 100 thrusting their hips in front of the political movement’s Cairo headquarters a few days ago. “People won’t be silent. They will protest in all ways and this is a peaceful way.”

About 400 young men did the “Harlem Shake” while chanting for the departure of Islamist Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi outside the Muslim Brotherhood’s main office in the Egyptian capital of Cairo.

The unusual protest captured the attention of Egypt’s protest-weary press corps — who almost outnumbered the gyrating protesters -– as well as a dozen stern-faced members of the Muslim Brotherhood. The movement’s figurehead Mohammed Morsi was named president in June after the country’s first democratic election in decades.

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After their Harlem Shake ended, participants took up the new revolutionary chant:  “The people want the fall of the ‘Murshid’ [the supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood].”

A random conga line snaked through crowd shouting, “Leave, leave, leave.”

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The nearly overnight popularity of the Harlem Shake video began in Australia earlier this year, but soon spread around the world. All thanks to the power of social media. WeShareMedia accepts and looks forward to all potential viral videos and memes. This now begs the question as to what strange turn or what purpose those comedic videos will ultimately serve?

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Youtube Stars Becoming Spokespeople for Brands & Companies

11 Mar

Becoming a hit on YouTube on purpose is no easy task. The popular video platform is loaded with viral videos of people doing silly or embarrassing things. YouTube is the top platform that’s discovered a lot of young artists who have ended up as the most popular music icons in the industry.

The Canadian YouTube sensation Justin Bieber was discovered on the site by Scooter Braun who later became his manager. He was even able to consult his own personal idol Usher all the way to Atlanta. It did not take long before Bieber signed up with Usher and eventually, with L.A. Reid and the Island Def Jam. Since then, he’s become a worldwide sensation.

Since 2007, YouTube has partnered with producers on the video site to share ad revenue, allowing people to create YouTube content for a living. “We pay out millions of dollars to partners each year,” said Baljeet Singh, group product manager at YouTube. “Thousands of channels are generating six figures a year.”

Take someone like DeStorm for example; a multi-talented one-man band who runs the channel DeStorm with more than half a million subscribers. Offering a mix of rap, R&B, talk show and art. All stuck together with some great editing, DeStorm is part of a first generation of “YouTubers” who managed to monetize their videos.

DeStorm came to New York by way of Baltimore to be an intern and ghost writer for established record labels. He spent most of his time helping write songs while producing instrumentals, writing jingles, and trying to hustle his own music. After limited success, he saw YouTube as a way to set himself apart.

Let’s take a look at another rising Youtube star named Carly-Ann Giene. Giene Entertainment’s YouTube channel has over 50, 000 views with more to come when a highly anticipated sketch, “Model Behavior” debuts this month. (March 2013)

“Model Behavior” is a satirical look at high fashion photo shoots and what the industry regards as beautiful or a means to sell products. It explores the horrifying, dysfunctional elements of modeling — while making you laugh. This sketch will be released this month on the Giene Entertainment YouTube Channel. Also make sure to watch Carly-Ann Giene in her other performances in “Mugluvin” and “Carly the Clown Eliminator“. Her sketches on YouTube are both original and highly relatable. Giene is undoubtedly an extraordinary actress and a rising talent.

Back in June 2012, YouTube vice president of product management, Shishir Mehrotra announced Video Creation Marketplace, a platform that will connect content creators on YouTube with marketers or agencies looking for viral buzz.

The marketplace platform will allow partners to set up profiles indicating what they do, their past successes and the demographics or types of brands they are best suited for. Advertisers or agencies will be able to search by parameters, such as content type, target demo and keywords, to find the right YouTube star for their campaign.

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Seeing what great strides and all the amazing careers that have been launched with the power of social media. A well maintained internet presence with wonderful content across all platforms will only enhance the possibility to be found, for those exploring these options. The WeShareMedia team of experts is likely to have come across them by now, or maybe you have yet to upload these gems?

What We Learned From the “Harlem Shake”

20 Feb

For those of you who don’t know (because you were living in a cave or severed all human contact), the Harlem Shake is a video that has gone “viral” on YouTube. Plenty of brands, colleges, and social media users have made their own version of this silly video. But what can social media business folks learn from the latest internet sensation?

Timing Is Key

If you decide to post a Harlem Shake video later this week, you’ll be too late. It’ll be “soooo last week” and no one will want to watch it. Social media content follows the same rules. Still posting about the Super Bowl black out? Irrelevant. Stay in tune to all things related to your business, your brand, and your fans’ interest. Posting content at the right time, about the right topic can put your business on the map.

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Be Spontaneous and Take Chances 

Always keep your followers intrigued and excited with new, interesting content. Make custom photos, infographics, or link out to a vine. I’m sure the guy who started the Harlem Shake videos didn’t expect it to become a huge internet success. Do something different; you never know what will come of it.

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It Takes a Team

Social media cannot be properly handled by one person. It takes a team to build your strategy, monitor your community, and design your content. Imagine the Harlem Shake with just that one person dancing themselves the whole time? That would ruin it! That person would look ridiculous and would not be as interesting. Similarly, your business’ internet presence would go unnoticed without a strong team supporting it.

If you’re reading this, then in fact, you do know a team of Social Media Experts. 😉

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