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The Single Worst Type of Selfie

You have a good side and a bad side, but everyone's bad side is a photo taken from the crotch looking up. There's a specific type of selfie that's taken like the photographer was holding the phone in his or her lap. They're not okay and no one looks good from that angle. If you're going to take a selfie, don't make it this one. Read More >>

God Help Us: There's Now a Dedicated Selfie Section in the App Store

Just in case you were feeling a little too happy with humanity, here's something to change your tune: Apple now has a dedicated Selfie section in the iOS App Store. Read More >>

Why Self-Portraits are a Bad Idea if You're a Burglar

Taking a photo of yourself while illegally inside someone else's house might not be the first, second, or even third thing you'd think to do—especially when using your victim's own camera, mobile phone, or Kindle—but, hey, you're probably not a burglar. Taking pics of yourself while holding your victim's property is probably also not something you'd want to do—and you'd almost definitely not then post those photos to your victim's Facebook page. But, again, you probably don't think—if that's what this can be called—they way burglars do. Read More >>

Selfies Could be Causing a Proliferation of Head Lice in Teens

Selfies are so fun. You've got your cool background—ideally, a sun-soaked beach or a compelling urban environment—and you've got your cool friends. Ideally lots of them. Just flip that phone around, put your heads together, smile, and watch those Instagram likes roll in for hours. But it's too good to be true, folks. Read More >>

What the Ultimate Collection of Selfies Can Tell Us About Worldwide Narcissism

First came the Tumblrs, then the think pieces, then the distinction of being word of the year. What else could there possibly be for selfies? What about a huge data project analysing how selfies around the world differ in everything from mood to mouthgape to head tilt? Read More >>

These Century-Old Selfies Make Instagram Look Like a Joke

Mayfair, Kelvin, Earlybird—it really won't make a difference. Because when it comes to these absolutely wonderful selfies taken as early 1909, all of our carefully selected Instagram filters will never begin to compare. Read More >>

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Shooting Challenge #27: The Winner Is...

The last Shooting Challenge of 2013 was a celebration of the Oxford English Dictionary’s word of the year, the much maligned "selfie". No longer the sole pursuit of Instagramming teenagers, 2013 saw the selfie reach new heights with everyone including world leaders getting in on the selfie act. Read More >>

"Selfie" is Officially the 2013 Word of the Year

Time to fire up Instagram and party like it's, um, 2013, because 'selfie' has been named the Oxford Dictionaries word of the year. Read More >>

Naked Selfies Magically Upload Themselves to Tory Politician's Facebook Account

The former deputy London mayor Richard Barnes has encountered some sort of telephone malfunction, after several photos of his private parts somehow uploaded themselves to his Facebook page. Read More >>

How Batman Takes a Selfie

We've seen famous photos taken as selfies before, but there's something so satisfying about seeing our heroes give in to that most unctuous of vanities. Besides, did you ever doubt that Tony Stark has a Stark Industries Camerabot™ snapping away at his good side at all times? Read More >>

Famous Photos Taken As Selfies Are So Damn Hilarious

Selfies are hilarious photographs people take of themselves. It's a close cousin to the MySpace mirror shot and birthed from the proliferation of smartphones and point and shoots and really, there's nothing more awkward than catching someone in the process of taking a selfie. So when you take these famous photographs and repurpose them as cell phone selfies? It's freaking hilarious. Oh there's Prince William making sure he gets a kiss in with Kate. Oh there's Churchill making sure his cigar is perfectly smoky. It's so good. Read More >>

Thank God Dinosaurs Died Out Before Smartphones Happened

Taking a self-portrait might be the least of a T-Rex's smartphone-wrangling problems, but it would definitely be the funniest. Although I'm sad we'll never know what dinosaur duck-face looks like. [TwentyTwoWords via TDW] Read More >>


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