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You’re So Vain

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You probably think this post is about you, don’t you? Let’s admit it—you’ve taken at least one #selfie. Selfies entered our social vocabulary around the early 2000s, the MySpace (remember Tom?) era, and included awful glares from the bathroom mirror. But thanks to front-facing camera and filters (thanks, Instagram!), selfies have been looking a lot better, with people from around the world posing, pouting and tilting their heads in front of a camera and sharing it online.

Selfies have become a sociological phenomenon — so much so that research projects have sprouted up around the topic. Selfiecity is one such project, analyzing over 120,000 selfies online from New York, Sao Paulo, Berlin, Bangkok and Moscow. The project investigated the style of selfies and other demographic differences.

Selfiecity’s findings reveal that people take less selfies than assumed; only about 3-5% of the images Selfiecity analyzed were considered selfies. Women share more selfies than men; and particularly stronger in Moscow than in any other cities covered by the project. However, selfies from Moscow feature fewer smiling faces than those from Bangkok (what’s up with that?).

With life-logging easier than ever, the selfie phenomenon will not likely fade anytime soon. So, take one today—you won’t be the only one!

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Written by Alayne Luistro
Alayne Luistro

February 27th, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Halloween Bonfyre Heats Up Costume Creativity

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To get our team into the Halloween spirit, MKTG INC worked with our friends at Bonfyre to give our employees an opportunity to submit photos of their best Halloween costumes for a chance to win a cash prize (and bragging rights).

We offered three categories for the submissions – the #SELFIE, the #FRIENDSTER and the #FAMILYPET. We received nearly 200 submissions from all six MKTG INC offices, with each team displayed impressive ingenuity and creativity. We all enjoyed the friendly competition.

Once we narrowed the submissions down a bit, we opened up the voting to our entire MKTG team – and more than 1600 people cast their vote!

Here are our winners (drumroll please…):

The Friendster: “Trapped in a Cage” by Kim Wehby (Cincinnati)


The Family Pet: “Dallas dressed as Carl from “UP”!” by Lindsey Munden (West Coast)


The Selfie: “Pop Art comes to life in NYC” by Cassandra Ross (NYC)


We enjoyed the contest so much that we’re planning another one for the holidays. Stay tuned!

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Written by Katie Kirby
Katie Kirby

November 19th, 2013 at 2:21 pm