Of all the fads of our time that have hit the Internet, none has had such a great impact as the selfie. “Selfies” is the colloquial internet term used to refer to self-portraits. When it first showed up a few years back, it took to the photo-sharing communities – the uploader would take the photo of him/herself.

The actual origins of the term are unclear, but it first showed up in the Internet site Flickr in 2004, and then just grew from there. By 2005, the definition was included in the Urban Dictionary. So mainstream has the concept become that Smartphone manufacturing companies adopted a front camera to make it easier for people to take selfies using their Smartphones.

Taking good selfie/selfy pictures

Before you can make a meme, you should begin with an awesome picture of yourself. Sure, you can take and delete as many times as you like, and you should until you feel like you’ve nailed the look that you were going for. If you have makeup on, make sure it’s done right and also if the idea is to be goofy, ensure you’ve nailed the goofy look right before trying to make a meme out of it.

Be creative on the poses – don’t go for the snap in front of a mirror or the snap as you pose to show off the good side of your face. We’re tired of those, we want more, and so do you or you wouldn’t be reading this article. You’ll attach some funny quip to it, so make it a funny photo e.g. ugly selfies, which are a thing by the way.

Instead of taking 50 photos of your OOTD (Outfit of the day) try taking selfies of remarkable things. First, of course, you have to do something remarkably daring. One Japanese astronaut, Akihiko Hoshide, took a selfie of himself when he was at the space station about to launch into space. While it’s difficult to top that, try going creative.

Finding the captions

Depending on who you’re addressing the selfie meme to, it’s important to ensure that they’ll get what you mean. For example, if you’re travelling and you miss your friends back home, you can take a sad-face meme and then caption it with “Miss you guys”. You can post grouchy-you and excited-you selfies to show the difference between how you feel on Friday evening and Monday morning.

You can also use existing memes to advance your funny selfie meme story. For example, you can take memeing a step further and Photoshop your awesome selfie onto the face of Don Equis’s The Most Interesting Man in the World and caption it in common style, “I don’t always miss, but when I do it’s you guys” (when you’re away from the fam)-or Photoshop any of the Rage Comics onto your face to help make your point.

The idea is to be creative. Visit http://memes.com and you’ll see thousands of ideas you can use your selfies on. Remember that, especially where you’re not addressing people who personally know and love you (like your family), the bar is rather high, so you should put some thought into the picture so that somebody doesn’t respond to your meme with a criticizing Condescending Wonka message.

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