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Matt Harding in the KIRO-FM studios. (Erynn Rose photo)
Matt Harding in the KIRO-FM studios. (Erynn Rose photo)

Since today is International Dance Day, what better time to talk about Matt Harding, the dude behind the global dancing phenomenon Where The Hell is Matt?

Harding’s most impressive video, a compilation of him dancing all around the world in place like Afghanistan and Haiti, has garnered more than ten million views in ten months on YouTube and is a must-see clip that is both compelling and creative. The New York Times even went as far as calling it a masterpiece.

Before producing his latest masterpiece, Harding recorded two other dancing projects: A 2006 video that has more than 18 million views and a 2008 video with more than 45.6 million hits.

Google has taken Harding’s story and turned it into a promo for its services today, showing how Harding used Google Maps and Google Street View to plan his dance locations and manuever around the world (And if he has an iPhone, he’ll be able to use “Google Now” as of today).

Harding, a former video game developer who lives in Seattle, came on our podcast this past summer to tell the story of his unlikely climb to online fame, how his approach has evolved, how YouTube and the Internet have changed since he started, and a bit about the making his latest video.


You can read more about how Harding came up with the dancing idea on the about page on his site.

Previously on GeekWire: Podcast: Where The Hell is Matt? On our show! … Viral dancing phenomenon ‘Where the Hell is Matt’ partners with US Tour Operators

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