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When national news outlets feel the need to report on a few world leaders taking a selfie at Nelson Mandela’s funeral as if it was a real news story, it’s pretty clear that the whole selfie thing is really taking hold in today’s society. That’s not enough proof? Oxford Dictionaries crowned it the word of the year for 2013. That should do it for you.
In fact, the selfie craze has gotten so huge that apps are being built around them – not just the taking of pictures, but specifically of taking pictures of yourself and (maybe) a friend or two, arm outstretched and visible in the corner of the screen (unless you’ve really mastered the art). So, which apps are leading the revolution? Observe below.
Selfies don’t have to just be about you. Well, yeah they do. But they don’t need to be just about your face. Frontback allows you to send out pictures from both your phone’s front and rear cameras, so your friends can see not just your selfie, but what you’re looking at while you take it. It really gives people the whole story about that magic moment when you decided to take a picture of yourself.
Truly, no conversation about selfies would be complete without mentioning Snapchat. Perfect for sending selfies that may or may not include your face, but will certainly feature other parts prominently, Snapchat’s Mission Impossible approach towards picture messages lets you send those sordid selfies out with the knowledge that they’ll self-destruct after opening. You know, unless the other person screencaps them. But that’s totally against the code, don’t do that.
Better known as the Bieber app, Shots of Me takes a social media approach to the selfie. Post your selfies, then browse other selfies and double tap the ones you like. Granted, most of the selfies being viewed are probably the Bieber selfies, but, you know, maybe some of the other people on there are pretty – no, no it’s mainly the Bieber selfie app. But hey, for some, that might be more than enough.
Also a social network for selfies, but with much, much less Bieber. Which, again, might be attractive for some in and of itself. You can like selfies, and choose people to follow. And following a stream of selfies might be fascinating, in its own philosophical way. Seeing how one person’s projected image changes and evolves with time and exposure to other people and ideas. Selfie.im – a thought-provoking experience.
Framing the selfie is the easy part. Actually keeping that frame steady while you fumble around trying to actually hit the shutter button on your phone is the hard part. Not so with CamMe, which makes taking selfies as easy as a wave of the hand. ‘But wait,’ you say. ‘I don’t want to be waving at the camera in my selfie!’ Worry not. The hand gesture starts a countdown timer, so you have time to readjust into a proper selfie pose, like holding up the peace sign or something.
You’ve seen the videos of people who take a picture of their face every day, then make a YouTube movie chronicling the gradual changes. Well, now making one of those is pretty much effortless, thanks to Everyday. The app helps make sure that your face is framed the same way every day you take a picture, and makes the movie for you as you progress along your quest to chronicle the fascinating effects of age, and the horrors that are wrought by a lack of sleep when deadlines approach. Not free, at $1.99, but undeniably handy if the continuous selfie is your bag.
Autotune for your face. Need I say more? Probably not, but I will anyway. Facetuneis actually a pretty powerful photo editor, with dozens of tools to help you make your selfie look its absolute best. You can play around with skin tone, do away with blemishes – no selfie will go public without looking model-perfect. It’s not free – costs $2.99 – but for good reason. There’s a lot to play with in this app, and some of the tools do things that professionals would normally have to do.