Chasing the selfie … to infinity and beyond

Posted by JeffMores on May 28, 2014

It began so innocently. Someone reached out and snapped a photo of himself in front of an attraction and added it to his vacation photo album. Then, along came social media and the selfie went real time. The #selfie hashtag was born. It evolved into an art form. It became an obsession.

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Today, daredevils take selfies while dangling from the tops of skyscrapers – even animals have hopped into the mix. Lists are published on New Year’s Eve about the most important selfies of the year and the hottest selfie-taking locations. Selfies from the wedding of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West went viral over the weekend. And if you’re a selfie rookie, there are tutorials all over YouTube designed to turn you into an overnight pro.

Just when you thought you’d seen and heard it all, Ellen DeGeneres and a cast of Hollywood celebs snapped an OSCAR’s selfie that crashed Twitter en route to 37 million views worldwide.

That shot raised the “selfie bar” to an entirely new stratosphere … which got NASA thinking. On Earth Day, NASA put out the hashtag #GlobalSelfie and invited everyone in the world to tag their Earth Day selfies with it. More than 50,000 people – representing 113 countries and every continent – obliged. NASA partnered with GigaPan to create a zoomable 3.2-gigapixel mosaic plotting each selfie at its location of origin on the globe. The image was released just a few days ago and it’s absolutely fascinating. Click here to explore for yourself.

You’d think it would be next to impossible to top that. But if the history of the selfie is any indication, it’s likely only a matter of weeks until the bar is raised yet again. What’s your favorite selfie or selfie artist of all time? Do you have an idea for the next big thing? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below or tweet your responses using the hashtag #mcgblog.