The word selfie is defined as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.” If you are active in the social media world, you already knew that, right? Well this word has made history. Selfie has been appointed the word of year by the Oxford Dictionaries. While the concept of taking pictures of you for all to see but the popularity of this activity has grown exponentially in the last couple of years.
You and your friends are not the only ones that like to take selfies. There are several celebrities that take part in the practice on a regular basis. According to the popular social media website Twitter, the celebrity with the most selfies at a count of 121 to date, is Miley Cyrus. She is at the top of the list of the top 100 celebrities with Tyra Banks in the second spot with almost half as many. She has just 62 self taken shots. Kylie Jenner of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” has an astronomical 451 selfies on Instagram. President Barack Obama has the least amount of selfies. Of his 1,463 messages that contain photos or video, he has zero selfies. Other famous people such as Perez Hilton and rapper 50 Cent have also failed to get in on the selfie movement.
Get In On The Fun
The practice of taking selfies has become so popular that it has also changed the face of the technological industry. Most of the popular cellular devices today come with a front facing camera. It is quite awkward to use a rear facing camera to take pictures of yourself. Many of these photos boasted odd angles and photos that were not quite flattering. To combat this, the mirror pic became very popular. You know the ones in the bathroom that every selfie taker has posted at some point.
A front facing camera has fast become the best option to take flattering photos. Many smart phones now have the capacity to post these pictures directly to several social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. These photos can often be posted on these sites simultaneously with the press of a button. Now it is easier than ever to get in on the selfie revolution.
There are even smart phone apps that are designed with the selfie in mind. Apps such as Snapchat are growing in number and popularity. There are also several apps that can enable you to edit the photos to change the colors and add different effects. Almost every cell phone carrier has phones available that are equipped with a front facing camera. These phones range in price with most of them being very reasonable. You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to share your current situation photos with the world. Many tablets also boast the front facing camera option.
While taking and sharing selfies is great fun, there are a few things to remember. The internet is a vast place with little privacy. When taking your selfies, make sure that you don’t mind having these photos available to the public forever. Sure, you can erase them from your profiles but that does little when other people are tagged in your pics and they may have also shared your photos on their own pages. So while you are adding your hashtags, let us suggest a few for you to be mindful of. #keepitsafe #appropriate #proudparents #youhaveafuture
With all that in mind, take a few selfies and enjoy yourself.