Facts on Selfie

13. Selfie was officially added to OxfordDictinaries.com in August 2013.

12. The first time that #selfie was used was in 2004 on Flickr.

11. The word selfie in the English language has skyrocketed in use. It has increased by 17,000% since 2012.

10. As of October 2013, Miley Cyrus is the celebrity with the most amount of posted selfies on Twitter with 121. Tyra Banks is second with 62.

9. Kylie Jenner, one of the young Kardashians, has posted 451 selfies on Instagram. Snoop Dogg is a distant second with 271.

8. Time magazine included the word selfie in its “top 10 buzzwords” of 2012.

7. During Myspace’s heyday (around 2006-09) self-portraits, known as Myspace pics, were common. These were usually poor quality images in front of a bathroom mirror. The switch to Facebook created a decline in amateur self-portraits, but the release of the iPhone 4 and its front facing camera lead to a resurgence of the self portrait in 2010-11.

6. Samsung discovered that selfies make up 30% of the photos taken by people between the ages of 18–24.

5. There are 35 million posts containing#selfie among the 150 million Instagram users.

4. Designer/photographer Jim Krause claims to have coined the term selfie sometime in 2005.

3. People have taken self-portraits since the 1880s, when camera shutters with self-timers were first available. This increased in 1900 with the debut of the portable Kodak Brownie box.

2. Selfies are most popular in Australia, followed by the U.S. and Canada. In fact, a 2013 survey found that two-thirds of Australian women between the age 18-35 take selfies.

1. According to research, the word selfie first appeared in September 13, 2002 on the ABC online forum in Australia.


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