HE EXPLOSIVE #SELFIE TREND
A self-shot photo usually taken with a mobile phone and posted online to social media sites.
Self-documentation. Self-expression. Self-obsession. Whatever you think of today’s increasingly common self-photos, “selfie” captures it all. From their humble beginnings as high-angle snapshots posted on MySpace – often taken in their subjects’ bathrooms – selfies have grown into a viral phenomenon that’s sweeping the web. These simple self-photos flourish at the nexus of popular high-quality camera phones, easy-to-use photo editing apps for smartphones and ubiquitous mobile social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Together, all of these technologies have provided fertile ground for the web’s latest self-indulgence: taking the perfect picture of your face, for your friends, fans, and followers.
Instagram Has Exploded Since Starting in 2010:
Twitter Continues to Grow and Amaze:
In 2013, the selfie has practically become a medium all its own. With hundreds of millions of users sharing their photos on Twitter and Instagram, tips and tricks abound for creating a quality self-shot. And with the unexpected rise of selfies, people have begun to study the social impact and motivations behind sharing whole albums of nothing but self-photos. Today, the selfie is an unavoidable fixture of social networking. At the gym, in the car, at a baseball game – or, yes, in the bathroom mirror – selfies have become universal. With the continuing spread of smartphones and the availability of more photo sharing and editing apps, their popularity isn’t likely to recede any time soon.
2013: Year of the Selfie
While self-taken photographs have a long history online, this new word to describe them – “selfie” – hadn’t emerged into mainstream usage until relatively recently. As illustrated by trends in web users’ Google searches, selfies as a phenomenon didn’t even exist before late 2012. Social networks and camera phones had already been around for quite some time, but this marked the tipping point when the idea of selfies finally took off. And as of August 2013, selfies are more popular than ever.
Instagram, Home of #Selfies:
Most Commonly Used Hashtags
The social photo site Instagram, which seamlessly shares users’ pictures on their Twitter and Facebook profiles, has become the epicenter of the selfie revolution. Its smartphone app, with extensive photo editing features, allows users to tweak the color and contrast of their pictures and add an artful flair.
The top 10 selfie-related hashtags used on Instagram include #selfie, #selfiemonday, #selfiesaturday, and #selfiesunday – for Instagram users, every day is a good day for a selfie. Altogether, these 10 hashtags include more than 41 million photos, with #selfie alone comprising nearly 35 million of these.