Selfies. Love them or hate them, we can’t escape them. I love seeing faces pop up all over the web of my friends and people whose work I respect. What I don’t like is the word, “Selfie.” It just sounds ridiculous.
On Facebook yesterday, I asked for your opinions about selfies. So far, we have over a hundred comments and it is still going.
My favorite comment was from George Smith, Jr-
Selfies are like establishing shots in a movie. When done right – it adds context, gives the viewer a chance to see the person behind the camera. When done too often, seems like a mess with no “story” to it. The best people online use photos to establish a storyboard for their life.
One of the biggest take aways from the conversation on Facebook is that most folks love seeing each other’s faces, but many feel awkward or uncomfortable sharing their own self-portraits. Some think it is a bit narcissistic, but most do not.
The truth is, the selfie discussion itself is a big mirror that reflects our individual views on much more than just self-portraits online.
We are part of a cultural shift where CEOs, solopreneurs, pastors and farmers are sharing their daily lives. Selfies can be used brilliantly to tell the stories of who we are, our day-to-day lives and, as George said, to let people see the person behind the camera.
Not only that, faces in images are good for business. They are 38% more likely to get likes and 32% more likely to get comments.
If you are still unsure of whether you should post a selfie or not, here is a handy flowchart.
What do you think? Pro-Selfie or No-Selfie?