Anti selfie, phrase of the year 2014?

3 Anti Selfie Solutions That Tidy Up Your Social Feeds

Anti selfie apps – for when you’ve had enough of the #selfie.

Selfies. Word of the year 2013. They’re everywhere, and some are even worth millions in sponsorship money.

Wouldn’t you like to just catch a break from this self-absorbed selfie world? You wouldn’t be the only one. Here are three anti selfie solutions:

1. Blocking selfies

Rather isn't only anti selfie, but allows users to block or replace almost any web content.
Screencap courtesy of the Rather website.

Seems obvious, right? By using the Chrome plugin Rather, you can scour your Facebook and Twitter feeds of any content tagged with an unwanted keyword, such as selfie (but also babies, pets, sunsets, #foodporn, you name it). Removed content can either be muted or replaced with something preferrable.

The Tumblr Savior does the same for your Tumblr feed; unfortunately there is no Instagram version (although check out the bonus section at the bottom.) Could come in handy for #selfiesunday.

2. Distorting selfies

The anti selfie concept is central to Anonyface.
Screencap courtesy of the Anonyface App Store page.

If you’re determined to avoid plastering your face on the Web, but absolutely have to upload a picture of yourself, look no further: the Anonyface app will distort your face into an unrecognizable smudgy swirl, or simply blur it out with crime-suspect pixelization.

The app’s AppStore page encourages users to “create ANTI selfies,” or “use pictures where friends drink things they shouldn’t, do things they shouldn’t, or even SAY things they shouldn’t (but sound is not included)!”

3. Promoting a non-selfie culture

LandID has been descriped as a deliberately "anti-selfie" app by its creator.
Screencap courtesy of the LandID website.


Okay, this might be considered something of a compromise by the true selfie-haters out there, but still: instead of posting a picture of your face, LandID encourages users to take a picture of their surroundings, then their feet, and then couples the two together.

Each image also gets its own title, coordinates, dateline, and description (usually a paragraph or two; no hashtags). It’s more akin to a photo album, and it’s specifically designed as an alternative to the narcissism of social networks, according to its creator.

We’re sure the teens behind the (admittedly non-viral) anti selfie challenge would approve.

Bonus: PicNix, the selfie-shaming robot

As we detailed in our article on wacky shaming trends, a website created by the ad agency Allen & Gerritsen allowed users to selfie shame friends by using a robot that would post a taunting image to Instagram, tagging them for everyone to see. The service has since been taken down by Instagram.

Pic Nix – How It Works from a&g on Vimeo.

Ole Skaar