Watch the spread of the #selfie over the last 18 months

We’ve crunched a year and a half of selfie references into our visualisation tool to show it’s journey to world domination.

We take selfies for granted these days, but even just 18 months ago you could go for hours without seeing one.

We’ve crunched a year and a half of selfie references into our visualisation tool to show it’s journey to world domination.

London, Los Angeles, New York, Sydney, Melbourne and Manila put in the hard yards early on, and there was a big boost in November 2013 as it was named Word of the Year.

Barack Obama and David Cameron caused a stir by posing for a selfie at the Nelson Mandela’s memorial the next month, and in January 2014 we had the Twitter endorsed #SelfieOlympics. But of course, it was Ellen and her showbiz pals who really kicked it into the mainstream at the Oscars in March this year.

This also seems to broadly match the volume of searches for ‘selfie’ over on Google Trends.

Historical Trends now available in Trendsmap Plus

We are pleased to announce that you can now access historical trends, including associated images, videos, URLs, and tweets from the last 7 days in Trendsmap Plus.

Screenshot from Trendsmap Plus: Historical view of Turkey, from May 31st, taken June 5th

Using the new control in the top left of the map, you can simply slide to any hour from the last 7 days, and the page will update with trends from that time.  You can also zoom & pan around the map as you normally would, while viewing trends through this special historical view.  To get back to the latest trends, simply move the slider back to the far right.

Also, in case you missed it last week, you can now filter trends by type, checkout this blog post for more information.

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