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

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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.

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