Harlem Shake Data: 27 Centuries of Harlem Shake Videos Watched in One Month

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YTD Releases Statistics about the Harlem Shake Video Craze

In just one month, the world watched 2,782 years worth of Harlem Shake videos, according to data collected by YTD YouTube Downloader. The time that the world spent watching Harlem Shake videos is equivalent to:

  •     $176 million (if working for minimum wage)
  •     50,780 bachelor’s degrees
  •     2,312 trips to the sun and back

Those 2,782 years we spent watching the Harlem Shake also equal two million ”The Lord of the Rings” extended edition trilogy marathons and 33,376 complete Law and Order franchise marathons.

The world didn’t just watch Harlem Shake videos; it made Harlem Shake videos, and it made a lot of them. Major brands, companies, sports teams, and television casts uploaded videos throughout February. Uploads peaked on February 15th, a time when many had already declared the trend dead. However, last week the Miami Heat proved that the trend is still very much alive, posting a video on February 28 that acquired 28 million views in just five days.

Here is how much time we spent watching videos from popular brands:

  •     Miami Heat: 419,286 hours
  •     The Simpsons: 92,510 hours
  •     Playboy: 4,553 hours
  •     Ryan Seacrest: 3,630 hours
  •     SI Swimsuit Edition: 1,863 hours

Most Harlem Shake videos are about 30 seconds long, the same length as most Super Bowl ads. While a Super Bowl ad spot can cost $4.2 million, an upload to YouTube is free. Brand engagement was higher for the Harlem Shake videos as well. The top 10 Harlem Shake videos earned an average of 24.8 million views and 127,000 likes, compared to 7.9 million views and 20,500 likes for Super Bowl ads.

Data collected and analyzed by YTD YouTube Downloader on 3/4/13. Data was obtained from top 500 Harlem Shake videos as of March 3, 2013. Infographic and data available here: http://youtubedownload.altervista.org/harlem-shake.htm

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