Kiwis get their Harlem Shake on

Last updated 13:22 21/02/2013
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New Zealanders have a new accolade to be proud of - they are amongst the world’s most avid Harlem Shakers.

In fact, they are even out-shaking the nation that sparked the viral video.

The meme started in Queensland, Australia, when five teenagers made a YouTube clip to the Baauer track, inspired by comedy vlogger (video blogger) Filthy Frank.

The 30-second video, which was posted on the group’s Facebook page with the blurb "we all quit … getting into dance", had collected more than 13 million views since being loaded on February 2.

Kiwis cottoned on quickly, according to Facebook data.

The social network's data team looked at the spread of the Harlem Shake phenomena, based on how many people mentioned it in comments or status updates.

New Zealand came in at number seven, and a few spots down, at number 10, was Australia.

Shaking the most was the Philippines, with Ireland coming in second, followed by Singapore.

Facebook found men were talking about the meme 50 per cent more than women.

According to Google Trends data, searches for the video started escalating on February 7, and reached its peak on February 17.


1   Philippines

2   Ireland

3   Singapore

4   Portugal

5   Great Britain

6   Austria

7   New Zealand

8   Germany

9   US

10   Australia


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