Selfies might seem like a new trend, but they have actually been around for some time now. The first ever ‘selfie’ was recorded as being taken in the mid-19th century. Later selfies tend to be people balancing their cameras on a level surface or using a mirror to take a self-portrait. There was no way of knowing what kind of photo they took until the film was processed. It was hit and miss.
The 21st-century selfie, as we know it, was made popular by none other than Apple. Following the success of smartphones, Apple released iPhone 4 in 2010. It came with a forward-facing camera, and they said the rest is history. For once, people could see the self-portrait they were taking. They can frame the shot and most importantly, take multiple photos and select the very best. With filters and fast editing apps, you could never take a bad picture, well almost never.
This also gave rise to the what is today a phenomenal industry of customized photo gifts, just check out our picture puzzle maker.
Selfies and celebrities
Celebrities shares selfies on their social media all the time and where celebrities go, their fans will follow. Selfies become so commonplace - everyone is taking it and why not, when it is so easy to do? Even Ellen DeGeneres got into the game, taking a group selfie with other stars during the 2014 Oscars. It became the most retweeted photo of all time, getting over 3.3 million retweets and 2.3 million likes.
However, I think Ellen missed a trick here. She is prolific on Twitter and that moment is lost amongst all the other great tweets on her account. That photograph was epic and should be preserved. Maybe as a t-shirt or a mug? Or perhaps Ellen could have used a picture puzzle maker and turn that awesome photo into customized gifts for all her celebrity friends.
Come on, Ellen. Not everyone can go home with an Oscar that night, but they could have gone home with a memento of that epic moment. Make it happen. Use a picture puzzle maker.