Fun Friday Post – Selfies!

What is a Selfie? A Selfie is a type of self-portrait typically taken with a camera phone. Selfies are usually associated with social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and are commonly used as a profile pic. In August 2013 the term Selfie was included in the Oxford English Dictionary watch list, it’s not in the dictionary yet, but if hashtag can make it, anything is possible.

A bit of history

Selfies are not new. Selfies or self-portraits have been around since the early 1900’s. Early photographers would take self-portraits using mirrors. Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna at the age of 13 was one of the first teenagers to take her own picture using a mirror to send to a friend in 1914.

However the term Selfie rather than self-portrait is a creation of the social web. Before Facebook became the prominent social network MySpace was all the hype. The “MySpace Pic”, your profile picture, was typically a self-taken photograph. Interesting fact, these Selfies were taken using mirrors and usually in the bathroom – front facing cameras FTW!

In 2012 Time Magazine added Selfie to the “Top 10 buzzword” list of the year. The term Selfie was no longer exclusive to the world of online communities. According to a 2013 survey, two-thirds of Australian women age 18-35 take selfies – the most common purpose for which is posting on Facebook. A poll commissioned by smartphone and camera maker Samsung found that selfies make up 30% of the photos taken by people aged 18–24.

Today everyone and their mom takes Selfies. So we thought it would be fun to share a few early morning Selfies from around the office.


Show us your selfie!

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