So you still think the Harlem Shake was just an amazing coincidence hey? Sadly these days viral videos (and occasionally memes) are rarely just the perfect storm of luck and coincidences. Their virality (it’s a word, seriously) is the work of very smart people getting paid very smart salaries to make this seem like it is all just a happy accident. Will Nash a web designer of Media Hero fame wrote a great article outlining some of the keys to viral videos.
But for the true Harlem Shake story you need to check out this great article. It chronologically shows how the Harlem Shake came to take over the world and hang around just long enough to have yourself willing to sacrifice a finger to never hear it again. Harlem Shake Article by Quartz.