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November 19, 2014

Smile! “Selfie” turns One and Microsoft Lumia helps you celebrate

Today is the one-year anniversary that the word “selfie” was chosen as the international Word of the Year.

The editors of the Oxford Dictionaries, which bestowed the honor, noted that usage of the word increased by more than 17,000 percent between 2012 and 2013.

That’s a heck of a lot of selfies!

The idiosyncratic word can be traced back to the early days of the new millenium. The word was used in September 2002 by someone in an Australian online forum to describe a self-portrait taken while inebriated, according to the good folk at the Oxford Dictionaries.

“Selfie” has already spawned spin-off words, including “welfie” (a workout selfie), “helfie” (a selfie of one’s hairdo), and, perhaps in homage to the original user, “drelfie” (drunke selfie).

We got in on the selfie act earlier this year. Here’s Chris Weber, Microsoft’s CVP for Device Sales, taking a group selfie at our press conference in Berlin.


We’ve got you covered: Lumia 535, Lumia 730 and Lumia 735

Over the past year, Microsoft has helped you put your best face forward with the launch of the Lumia selfie app and the ultimate selfie and Skype phones: the Lumia 535,Lumia 730 and Lumia 735.

The wide-angle, five-megapixel front-facing camera on these smartphones help you share more of life uncropped. That means that you can fit more people, scenery and detail in your photos.

So whether you share them on Instagram, Facebook, or other social-media platform, your self-portraits will be sure to shine.

Take a selfie and win a Lumia 535

We know you love taking selfies, so please share yours below that help celebrate the word’s one-year anniversary.

Also if you weren’t lucky in our previous (India-based) selfie competition, this is your second chance. Submit your selfie entry in the comments below by the end of this week and you can win a shiny new Lumia 535!

**Winner update**

And the winner of the Lumia 535 and it’s…. Mohamad Reza. Congratulations! We very much liked the selfie in a selfie idea.


We’ll be shipping the device out to you shortly.