The selfie phenomenon, much like the shuffling corpses in "The Walking Dead," is showing no sign of abating. Social media is slathered in images of celebrities and regular folks alike sharing photos of themselves taken by themselves. Some fancy selfie takers use a "," an extending rod that holds the smartphone out far enough to get a better picture.
Not everyone is satisfied with front shots, though. A new trend has snuck in through the back door: the belfie. Yes, it's a behind-selfie. The goal of the belfie is to highlight your rear-end assets. Getting a good belfie, however, is a challenge. Taking one in the bathroom mirror just looks tacky, and you have to be a bit of a contortionist to achieve one without a mirror.
All your belfie problems will be solved once you get the BelfieStick. Developed by the image-focused social network On.com, the BelfieStick is an angled version of the selfie stick. It's designed to photograph those hard-to-reach places so you can put your best backside shots forward. The stick also comes with a Bluetooth shutter-trigger button, eliminating the need for a self-timer.
The BelfieStick page features some testimonials, including this gem: "I got my squat game down on lock, shooting belfies every day to check up on my progress! I am so totally in love with this product, my girlfriend agrees it's totally bad ass!" attributed to "Marcos" in Miami, Fla.
The BelfieStick site is taking names for people interested in preordering the gadget. As with any product that embraces this level of absurdity, I have to wonder if it's actually real. A query has been sent to the product's makers. In a perfectly weird world, I will hear back soon about its existence and price. After that, we can all mourn for humanity and express our grief on Facebook through beautifully composed images of our rumps.