The term is commonly used as a hashtag on photo-sharing communities to indicate that the subject in the photo is the uploader himself or herself.
Origin While it is unclear where the term selfie began, selfy spelled with a y was used as early as on photo-sharing site Flickr  to describe self-taken portraits. The term was also popular within the teenage population on the social networking site MySpace , as exhibited by the first definition for selfy, submitted to Urban Dictionary  on April 22nd, Spread In late June , the first group pool named Selfies was created on Flickr.
Throughout the mid s, the tags "selfie"  and "selfy"  continued to be used throughout Flickr to designate these self portraits. In early , the first Flickr pool dedicated specifically to selfie shots  was created shown below. Later that year, in September , the term was first used outside of personal blogging space when TMZ  used it to describe actress Rosario Dawson stopping to take a photo with a fan.
In , selfies were discussed on a college lifestyle blog CollegeCandy  as part of a humorous discussion detailing the process of taking self shots. Around the same time, the tags "selfy" and "selfie" began taking off on other social networks including Twitter  , Tumblr   , Instagram   and deviantArt.
In January , the blog Selfie Magic  launched, providing tutorials teaching others how to take good self-portraits. Though the blog stopped updating in January , it launched the hashtag Selfie Saturday   , encouraging readers to take a photo of themselves once a week. Throughout , the term "Selfie" began making headlines on sites including the Wall Street Journal  , the Atlantic  , Gawker  and Buzzfeed  , many of which highlighted celebrities taking these types of photos.
The next year, Read Write Web  and Mashable  both took a deeper look into the motivations and psychology behind these photographs, citing research discussing the ways self-taken photographs could effect a person's self-esteem.
As of February , there are hundreds of Facebook fan pages  dedicated to different kind of selfies including nude photos  , fitness photos  and humorous photos. After logging into her iCloud backup at home, she discovered that several photographs had been unknowingly synced with the service, containing selfies of a mustachioed man.
On December 26th, Bruckman launched a Tumblr blog titled "My Cloud Pal," featuring photographs uploaded to her cloud service juxtaposed with her own recreations of the images shown below. During the interview, W and Hilton assert the claim that Hilton invented the selfie.
Twitter posted a moments page with the title "Paris Hilton tells W Mag she invented the selfie in new profile," compiling the positive response to the interview.
People responded to Hilton's claim with examples of selfies that predate her picture with Britney. Twitter  user mixer1av posted a picture of Bill Nye taking a selfie shown below, left , received more than 2, retweets and 11, likes in less that 24 hours.
That day, Twitter  published a Moments page documenting the debate. The collection ended with a tweet  from The National Galleries of Scotland from September of a selfie from the s.
They captioned, "This is the first ever photograph selfie in history, taken by Robert Cornelius in It's now in the collection of librarycongress. Related Memes MySpace Angles The term MySpace Angles was coined as early as to describe the manner in which many MySpace users would photograph themselves at an angle to obscure any perceived physical flaws.
In , dating site OkCupid  found that despite the smoke and mirrors behind pictures that utilized angled photos, women with profile photos utilizing this technique received nearly double the amount of new contacts as other users.
Though the photos are not required to be self-taken, many of them are due to bloggers using their phones or computer web cams to take them. By , the "W" had been removed from the tag  , resulting in its use any day of the week. In , Buzzfeed  posted an in-depth look into the use of the GPOY tag, finding that many young woman use it as a way to express their personalities without the fear of being judged for putting too many pictures of themselves on their blogs.
The tag has also made its way to Instagram  , where more than , photos have used it. Self Pop Tart Self Pop Tart is a single topic blog that curates user-submitted self-portraits in which the cameras have been replaced with cutout images of pop tart pastries for comedic effect.
Launched on November 22nd, , the blog saw significant traffic after Fall Out Boy singer Pete Wentz tweeted a link to 2. After photoshopped images, the blog ceased updating in December Guido Jesus Guido Jesus is an advice animal image macro series that utilizes a self-taken photo of a tanned man with long, flowing black hair. The captions tend to make a biblical illusion followed by an irreverent statement that makes the character seem more like a Jersey Shore cast member than a holy entity.
Since its first appearance in , more than instances of Guido Jesus have been submitted to Quickmeme. Sign Holding Sign Holding refers to the act of participating in a social or political movement by taking a selfie, or posing for a picture , with a handwritten sign featuring a message about the issue and sharing it online under the designated hashtag.
Pretty Girls, Ugly Faces Pretty Girls Ugly Faces is a photo fad in which girls take pictures of themselves while posing in an unflattering manner, defying the stereotypical understanding that women take self-portraits to obscure attributes they deem negative. Though a Tumblr blog was created for these photos in , the fad did not take off until a subreddit was created in July Belfies Butt Selfie, or sometimes Belfie for short, is a type of selfie in which the photographer takes self-portraits of their backside.
Selfies at Funerals Selfies at Funerals is a single topic blog that compiles and curates a series of selfies of people taken while attending a funeral service. Selfie Olympics Selfie Olympics, also known as Trick Shot Selfie, is a photo fad that involves taking a mirror-shoot selfie in a bathroom while posing in a physically challenging manner or partaking in an unusual activity. Tiger Selfies On December 4th, , the Tumblr blog Tinder Guys With Tigers  , which features photos taken from the dating mobile app Tinder of men posing with tigers, was created.
On June 21st, , the New York State legislator passed a bill  , introduced by Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, that would bans touching tigers within the state of New York. The bill was covered by several sites including The Washington Times  and Refinery Shortly after Degenres tweeted the selfie, the image went viral and spawned a handful of photoshopped parodies featuring other actors and meme characters. No Makeup Selfie No Makeup Selfie is a type of selfie in which the subject is shown without wearing any cosmetics.
Sellotape Selfie Sellotape Selfies is a photo fad in which individuals take pictures of themselves after wrapping their faces in adhesive tape as to appear grotesque in a contorted and squished manner. Each Sellotape selfie is then uploaded to Facebook with an invitation for a friend to take one, in the same style as neknominate.
Aftersex Selfie Aftersex is a hashtag used to highlight post-coital selfie taken and uploaded by couples on Instagram. Upon its breakout in March , the hashtag has been largely criticized as an example of oversharing in the social media. Usies An usie, sometimes spelled ussie, is a term used specifically to refer to a group selfie featuring two or more people.
The term was coined by Instagram user Caseygraham  in the caption of a selfie he posted on August 17th, This is an usie. The number of participants in an "ussie" is not limited, but typically does not exceed 3 due to the close nature of the photo. Usie" which pointed out though the term has been used since , the term had only recently become widespread within the last month.
The same day the term was covered by Buzzfeed  and Gadgets . Search Interest Smaller search peaks for "selfie" in the early s may be attributed to a misspelling of name Selphie Tilmitt  , a character in the Final Fantasy game series. Additionally, the term was used for fans of the alternative rock band Self, who released their first album in