9 Facts About Your Favorite Hashtag, #Selfie

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Over the past few years, the phenomenon has captured not just social media, but the mainstream. Here are a few facts on one of the favorite things you do with your cell phone: taking a selfie.


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

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

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During Myspace's heyday (around 2006-09) self-portraits, known as Myspace pics, were common. The switch to Facebook created a decline in amateur self-portraits.

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The release of the iPhone 4 and its front facing camera lead to a resurgence of the self portrait in 2010-11.

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

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Selfies are most popular in Australia, followed by the U.S. and Canada.

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The word selfie first appeared in September 13, 2002 on the ABC online forum in Australia.

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

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Ellen DeGeneres Took the Most Epic Selfie of All Time at the Oscars in 2014 with more than 1 million retweets in just 45 minutes.