We are all familiar with the selfie. We do it all the time and we actually did it for years. The word “selfie” is traced back to an Australian ABC Internet forum on September 13, 2002.
“Um, drunk at a mates 21st, I tripped ofer [sic] and landed lip first (with front teeth coming a very close second) on a set of steps. I had a hole about 1cm long right through my bottom lip. And sorry about the focus, it was a selfie.”
Eleven years later in 2013 “selfie” is added to the Oxford English Dictionary.
Official Oxford Definition: A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website
Selfie have become so popular that companies are taking notice and using them part of campaigns. S&T bank, located in the Pittsburgh, PA area recently began a campaign focusing on selfies. S&T is targeting students for its Smart Start Student Banking Solutions. It is quite cool and if I could have would have taken a picture of the billboard in the area advertising the contest. Traditional and emerging media can be used together after all.
Until next time then,