Sometimes you wake up, put on a brand new outfit, your makeup looks bomb AF, and you think ‘you know what, I look good, I’m going to take a selfie or three’.
I myself felt this way earlier today, and so out came my phone for a few snaps.
So successful was my selfie spree that I decided to upload one of them to Twitter, as I decided it was high time for a new profile picture.
However, upon uploading the photo, I was greeted with this.
‘Want to update your followers? #NewProfilePic’.
The f*** is this?
There was then a big blue button inviting me to ‘Tweet it’.
Nah, I’m good, thanks.
I looked up the hashtag #NewProfilePic to see if anyone’s actually on board with this new trend.
To my dismay, I was greeted with floods of selfies.
Twitter recently introduced the feature for Android users, and a small selection of iPhone users. Over the next few weeks, more and more people will be invited to tweet photos of themselves to the world.
I cannot think of anything more terrifying.
Here’s the thing. Selfies are totally fine. In fact, I think they’re good for you. They can boost your self-confidence and they’re a great way to celebrate having a good hair day.
What I don’t agree with is people sharing them publicly. If I wanted to see your selfie, I’d just go on your profile and take a look. That’s what it’s there for.
I don’t need it shoved in my face.
Besides, the thought of people scrolling through the ‘NewProfilePic’ hashtag creeps me out. Who would even do that? What purpose does it serve?
It’s already embarrassing enough to have sites like Facebook post your latest profile photo as a public status update.
I’m certainly not going to jump on the opportunity to launch my selfies into the Twittersphere.
When you update your profile picture, you’re making a statement. You’re saying, ‘this is how I want the world to perceive me when they view my public profile online.’
But I’ll never understand people who look at this update and think ‘Lush, now I can force all my followers to look at me on yet another social media site.’
#NewProfilePic is going to be useful, though – it means I can click on a hashtag and find a list of people I’ll make sure I never follow on Twitter.