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Selfie Etiquette: The Do's And Don'ts

December 12, 2013, 7:10 AM by Brittany Larson

Selfie Etiquette: The Do's And Don'ts

Many people have taken a selfie or two and while it may seem harmless, some people might be pushing the envelope. Online experts say there is a time and place for it and people should think twice before snapping one.

"It's taken off and it's not going away. It was the word of the year this year, so people are taking selfies of themselves everywhere," Click Rain Account Manager Tyler Evans said.

Social media apps like Instagram and Snapchat could reason for the selfie craze.

"I use snap chat. I use it a lot," Jennifer Chau said.

According to Business Insider, Snapchat users collectively receive 400 million "snaps" a day. While the app is designed to allow a ten second max on how long the picture can be viewed, other apps are more permanent. Some online marketing experts say there's a time and place if you wish to indulge in a selfie.

"When it comes to selfie etiquette, you have to really understand the situation that you are in. Funerals, school lockdowns, more serious situations, I would abstain from taking a selfie," Evans said.

There has been a lot of buzz about the selfie that was taken by President Barack Obama and two other world leaders at Nelson Mandela's memorial on Tuesday.

"Overwhelmingly, I think the reaction has been negative," Evans said. 

"I don't think it's a big deal. It was innocent and they probably didn't mean anything by taking that selfie," Chau said.

While there may be no way of stopping this type of behavior, online marketing experts say it comes down to the individual and how they want to be perceived by others. 

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