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The only thing worse than ‘group selfies’ is what people are calling them
The next stage of social media photography requires you to get some friends.
Just when we thought we hit peak “selfie” usage, someone had to go and coin the word “usie.” It’s a photo in which the subject of the selfie is joined—or crowded, or photobombed—by at least one other person. Up till now, of course, we knew these simply as “photographs” or “pictures.” How primitive we were.
Currently, the gold standard usie (as in us—you and me—not the verb “to use”) is this grainy photo of Pope Francis with some young fans.
Don’t mistake this with the image featured in Business Insider’s usie explanation. That’s a photo of someone taking an usie. Ditto the Sasha and Malia Obama picture below. Don’t get confused!
The masses have already embraced the #usie tag, with some admittedly compelling results.
— Shariell’s Stubby ❤ (@OMG_Its_Dom) January 12, 2014
— Kalin Shonk (@ShonkKalin) January 12, 2014
— ҡѧყℓѧℓıѧɲѧ (@KaylitaKayla) January 13, 2014
— , # E4Q ♥ . (@xxducatti_) January 12, 2014
Are usies a convenient way of tempering the narcissism of a selfie while subtly reminding your followers that you’re constantly surrounded by friends and loved ones? You bet. We won’t let that ruin the fun. Just don’t expect the Oxford English Dictionary to make room for every little bit of Web slang.
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'