Awkwardly Social Media

01.08.14

The Selfie Olympics Are Upon Us

A new competition is open to everyone who has access to a smartphone and a bathroom. And those who know how to use a hashtag.

Move over Rio 2016! Sochi 2014, watch out!  A new level of competition was born last week, as the latest Olympic Games is open to anyone and everyone, conveniently located in their own bathroom.

It’s here.  The competition sweeping the Twitterverse.  The ultimate showdown.  The Selfie Olympics has arrived.  People all over the globe are on a mission to take the best selfie possible.  Creativity is key, as everyone involved works towards gaining mass attention for their selfies.  These images go beyond the simple “mirror pic” that captures how one did their makeup, or a shot of a few friends in Times Square. The competitors are thinking outside the box, and as each moment passes hundreds of #SelfieOlympic pictures are posted.

Best part? The only prerequisite is possession of a smartphone.  Plus some creativity, and it better be pretty brilliant.

The Selfie Olympic trend is the first major social media one of 2014.  People who tag the Selfie Olympic account or #SelfieOlympics to their picture have the immediate potential to be judged by strangers across the Internet.  With any luck, their image will go viral and get tweeted out by the major accounts.  There is no way to really win the Selfie Olympics, but if anyone is ballsy enough to submit a picture, that alone signifies a true victor.

From the common teenage girl grabbing some Starbucks to Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela’s memorial ceremony, everyone is taking pictures of what they are up to.  Instantaneously posting and garnering likes or retweets is the goal, as with increased notifications, the better the selfie.

Still, it is important to give credit where credit is due.  People taking and posting for the Selfie Olympics are very innovative, recreating scenes to resemble places like a day at the beach or a trip to Foot Locker in the comfort of their own bathroom.  These mirror pics give photographers only so much space to utilize, as angles and filling the frame effectively are important to consider.  

If there is need to compete in this narcissistic, yet artistically compelling competition, check out @SelfieOlympics on Twitter.  The page’s bio even reads, “How strong is your selfie game?” (Challenge accepted.)

Here are some outrageous selfies that are worth mentioning:

Selfie Olympics, I choose you!

He can win this competition.  Canoe?

Life’s a beach!

I’ll use your granddad’s phone, I’ll look incredible

Half the teenaged girl demographic will be posting this:

The filter is strong with this one

Shoe shopping or selfie time?