The Oxford Dictionaries’ editors recently announced that “selfie” is their word of the year and, in a non-twist that’s surprised exactly no one, it’s proved a bit of a controversial choice.
Responses to the word’s newly exalted status have spanned everything from feminist arguments that selfies are a cry for help brought on by society’s conditioning of women to crave outside approval and humanist arguments that selfies are an obnoxious, self-aggrandising final refuge for teenage girls to tips on how to take the perfect selfie (hint: duckface is very bad and accomplishes nothing) . Morality and etiquette aside, selfies have become so popular that an already saturated mobile photo app market is sure to receive an influx of next-generation Instagram apes, embellishments and editors.
But beyond the simple image-sharing of yesteryear, today’s selfies are becoming increasingly text heavy, with apps such as Snapchat allowing text and images or video to be sent to contacts; now Context lets the user apply text over the image to be shared. With these apps becoming that much more integrated, and their popularity necessitating multi-platform compatibility, we envision thorough app testing for both functionality and cross-compatibility will become an even more important aspect of app development in the future.
If SMS goes the way of the dinosaurs and is ultimately replaced by image-based messaging apps, only our intrepid and well-trained testers will be able to make the future safe for selfies.