The selfie phenomenon appears to have won a certain measure of legitimacy from Apple.
Apparently geared toward expediting the satisfaction felt by many people when they take photos of themselves and share them with others, the company on Thursday added a special section to its iTunes App store devoted to apps that cater to the need to selfie. Mixed in with popular selfie apps such as Snapchat and Justin Bieber's Shots, the "Sharing Selfies" section also includes selfie diary app Picr and selfie portrait-editing app Facetune.
The section's selection is available on both the mobile and … Read more
The young think they're all so clever.
When they get older, they realize that they were right all along.
They don't actually get more enlightened as they age. Indeed, they look back and wish they'd been more insistent about their cleverness when they were young.
As living proof, might I present retired general Colin Powell?
Here is a man you might think of as a voice of loyalty and reason. But on Thursday, he proved himself a man far, far ahead of his time.
He posted a selfie. No, not one taken with his iPhone last week … Read more
Once you get outside the realm of Major League Baseball, you pretty much have a license to be goofy with your uniforms. Last year, the Toledo Mud Hens marked May the 4th with Chewbacca-themed uniforms. This year, the Kalamazoo Growlers, a Michigan collegiate summer team, are jumping on the selfie bandwagon with a Salute to Selfie theme night, complete with selfie jerseys.
While it would be super-cool if the players wore unis with their own selfies on them, the actual unis will feature a mosiac of photos chosen from selfies sent in by fans. Submissions through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram will be accepted through April 1, with the Salute to Selfie night taking place on July 24 for a game against the Wisconsin Woodchucks.… Read more
Ellen DeGeneres had the power of the Oscars and a score of celebrities rocketing her now-famous Academy Awards selfie into the record books with more than 3 million retweets. Texas engineer Terry Shipman is hoping the power of his two scruffy little dogs can help him catch up.
In what appears to have been a throwaway joke, Shipman shared a selfie of himself on the couch with his two pups out to his handful of followers along with the message, "Let's see if we can beat the Oscar re-tweets!" Somehow, the word got out and, almost a day later, Shipman's followers had ballooned to more than 2,800 and the tweet got retweeted over 75,000 times.… Read more
A woman on a mission, Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres was determined to set Twitter retweet records during the awards show on Sunday. She snapped a selfie with her Samsung smartphone, posted it to Twitter, and waited for the retweets to roll in.
And roll they did. For DeGeneres, it was mission accomplished. And for Samsung, it meant a lot of eyes on its device.
Samsung was so pleased that it announced Tuesday it will donate $3 million to charities … Read more
And the Oscar for the best selfie goes to Ellen DeGeneres.
The host of Sunday night's Academy Awards ceremony nabbed the title after challenging viewers to set a record by retweeting a photo she was about to tweet from the front row of the awards show. The photo, which was snapped by actor Bradley Cooper and included fellow nominees Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong'o, and Jennifer Lawrence among others, captured more than 4,000 retweets in just a few seconds.Read more
Despite Hollywood stars declaring their solidarity with all the world's struggling people, there's sometimes a nagging sense that many are quite into money.
Some, myself included, admired how overtly Oscars presenter Ellen Degeneres integrated the vast Samsung phones into her performance.
Hollywood folk do have this other side to them off camera, though. In Ellen's case, she seemed to prefer a different camera when she's away from the TV lens.
Some young people might hesitate to lean their heads together for selfies after headlines trumpeted a possible link between selfies and head lice this week. But in Sweden, young people are snapping group selfies with abandon -- and apparently little concern for itchiness -- to make a political statement.
It's part of a campaign by the Social Democratic Youth League (SSU) aimed at promoting a sense of community and shared responsibility. The SSU is touting a far lesser-known buzzword for its effort: wefie (notice the presence of the "we" there).
"Sefies are so 2013," a page for the campaign reads. "This year, there are far more important subjects. Friendship. Community. Solidarity. If you want to see more 'we' and less 'me' in society -- take a wefie (it's like a selfie but together with friends). Because if you find another angle, there's room for more." … Read more