A 22-year-old Indonesian student has become a millionaire virtually overnight by selling five years’ worth of selfies as NFTs. Sultan Gustaf Al Ghozali from Semarang, Indonesia, uploaded over a thousand images to the NFT platform OpenSea. The images were originally priced at just $3 each.
I was chatting to a friend who told me a story about how her much younger cousin had escaped on holiday to somewhere tropical as an antidote to this whole pandemic thing. Sounds pretty idyllic, I said. Except apparently, the entire trip was (according to the cousin) “a disaster” because the girl’s poor boyfriend was so terrible at taking photos that she didn’t end up with a “single good photo” of herself for her social media. The photos were so bad apparently, that even a beauty filter couldn’t save them!
Like the holiday, that relationship is probably doomed, and not because of inferior photography skills. That’s apparently where we are at now as a species, with a large number of people obsessing over their looks and not wanting to post anything but perfect-looking, heavily enhanced and filtered images.
Other than fishing for compliments, the selfie camera on your phone can find plenty more purposes. With Binah.ai’s latest app, measuring blood pressure with your phone camera could soon become one of them. This company has announced the app that does it just by observing you through your smartphone or laptop camera. However, there are some obstacles to overcome before the official launch.
Since you can buy fake Instagram followers on a vending machine (no, it’s not a joke), the platform has found a mildly disturbing way to make sure its users are human. Despite Facebook shutting down its facial recognition system, Instagram is asking some users to send video selfies to verify that they aren’t bots.
New York City’s Rockefeller Centre wants to build a rooftop amusement ride that would simulate the famous historic photo Lunch atop a Skyscraper, albeit minus the risk of a freefall to your death.
The rooftop of the Rockefeller Plaza has long had a viewing deck where spectacular vistas across Manhatten can be seen, but a real estate investment company apparently want to upgrade the ‘Top of the Rock’ observation deck to something a little more Instagram worthy.
A woman in India recently fell to her death while trying to take a selfie by a waterfall. The woman was reportedly taking a selfie on the edge and lost her balance, after which the strong water current swept her away.
A 26-year-old woman from India has taken her own life by accident while posing for a selfie. She was posing with a shotgun last week and reportedly didn’t know that it had been loaded. According to the reports, she accidentally pulled the trigger, and taking a selfie turned into a tragedy.
The odds of being struck by lightning are roughly 1 in 500,000. But what are the odds of taking a selfie at the exact moment that happens? When a UK woman whipped out her phone to take a photo of herself and her two siblings, the trio got struck by lightning the moment she pressed the shutter. Thankfully, they all survived and ended up with a selfie you definitely don’t see every day.
Selfies are practically everywhere, and it’s difficult to avoid them. Well, there’s now a photo-sharing platform that’s built literally for avoiding selfies. Poparazzi bans this kind of photos and encourages you and your friends to take photos of each other instead. In fact, your whole account is created by the people who take photos of you!
When they’re super-excited about something, many people post about it on social media. So naturally, people have been sharing the news about their COVID-19 shots. They post selfies taken during the vaccination itself, but many of them also post photos of their vaccination cards to share the good news. But there’s more than good news you might be sharing with the world, experts warn. If you share photos of your vaccination card, you risk having your identity stolen.