Selfie Shared By Millions Daily

Last update: 17/02/2015

By Salbiah Said

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17 (Bernama) -- The humble selfie has become a global phenomenon, with millions shared each day, according to research by

Selfie has made its way into the dictionary and it is the 2013 word of the year.

It is defined as "a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smarthphone or webcam and shared via social media. Occassional selfies are acceptable, but posting a new picture of yourself every day isn't necessary."

Infographics says selfies are headlines and front-page news.

It has its own song, performed by American DJ duo, The Chainsmokers, which was released on Jan 28, 2014.


According data from Samsung, selfies make up almost one-third of all photos taken by people aged 18-24, with Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat bearing the brunt of that load.

Hollywood cameraman Lester Wisbrod claims he invented the selfie in 1981. He said he took 150 selfies with celebrities over the years.

The 67-year-old Wisbrod told ABC News he used to whip out his Canon camera every time he saw a celebrity, reached out his arm and flashed a smile alongside stars like Ronald Reagan, Jennifer Aniston, Clint Eastwood and Mike Tyson.

'Oscar selfie' produced by Ellen DeGeneres, host of 86th Academy in 2014 became most famous selfie of all time, braking retweets record and crashing Twitter. A selfie picture made with Samsung smartphone at Academy Awards made next day headlines.

The selfie shows Hollywood stars including Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, DeGeneres, Kevin Spacey, Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong'o and her brother and Angelina Jolie.


DeGeneres tweeted the picture on her own account and captioned it: "If only Bradley's arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars".

It reached 779,295 retweets in approximately half an hour, and so beat a record previously held by US President Barack Obama, when he tweeted an image titled "Four more years" at the point of his re-election in November 2012.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak posted a selfie with Obama on his twitter page during the US president's visit to KL in April last year.

Najib wrote a caption "My selfie with President Obama!" for the picture which shows the two world leaders smiling to the camera. He uploaded the picture to Twitter at 1.30pm and by 6.30pm, it received 20,925 retweets and 9,703 favourites.

In 2014, Petaling Jaya and George Town emerged in the top 10 list of 'selfie cities' in the world, according to a list compiled by Time magazine.


PJ is ranked as fifth 'selfie city' with 141 selfie-takers per 100,000 persons while George Town has 95 selfie-takers per 100,000 people.

Kuala Lumpur and Johor Baharu are positioned at 21st and 50th respectively, while Singapore, on the other hand, is at 53rd in the list.

A total of 459 cities were ranked by Time magazine, which examined more than 400,000 of Instagram photos tagged 'selfie' that included geographic coordinates.

Selfie has its share of sad moments, tragedy and controversy. A Dutch teenager Gary Slok and his mother,

Petra Langeveld, reportedly took selfie moments before Malaysia Airlines Fight MH17 took off from Amsterdam on July 17, 2014.

A few hours later the plane crashed in Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.


In another incident in October last year, the passengers of the vehicle involved in the deadly crash on Km256 of the North-South Expressway, after the Menora Tunnel, near Ipoh on Saturday morning, were believed to be taking a selfie with a monopod moments before the accident happened.

The alleged selfie act went viral on social media. In July the same year, a screengrab from Instagram showing the picture posted by local celebrity Farish Aziz faced a backlash from fans after posting that portrait taken at a Muslim cemetery.

Farish received a tongue lashing from fans and Perak Mufti Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria after posting his family portrait taken at the cemetery.

The senior Islamic cleric berated the actor and television host for his Hari Raya Puasa selfie at his ancestral grave, saying the act was "improper" and can be considered haram if it was done "for fun".


"When families visit graves, it is an opportunity to learn a lesson and not to have fun," Harussani was quoted as saying by Malay daily Sinar Harian.

Farish' selfie, posted on Instagram on Monday, drew over 300 comments attacking the actor for standing on a grave, with some demanding he remove the "tactless" shot. The actor however was unapologetic, insisting that there was nothing wrong with his pose.

In January this year, popular host Azwan Ali was criticised after posting a video and several pictures of himself with the floods in Kuala Kangsar, Perak.

In the 15-second video, Azwan, who is the younger brother of Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali, said that he finally got to experience floods.

"We have not experienced floods in Kuala Lumpur," he said.

This drew criticism from Malaysians who hit out at him for using the situation to gain popularity for himself.