It has been seven years of the smartphone revolution, four years of mobile Internet and two years of mobile app revolution, but we never saw such a strong fascination of this smartphone feature before; Yes, I am talking about mobile selfie, and our honorable Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has now taken it to a whole new level.
On his ongoing visit to China, Mr. Narendra Modi took an iconic selfie with China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang and shared on social media. It was obvious to think then that it will be one of the most popular selfies in ASIA, but, probably, he didn’t know how western media is going to treat his new selfie. The Wall Street Journal quoted in its latest article “Did Modi Just Take the Most Powerful Selfie in History” that the selfie may be the most politically powered-packed selfie in the history.
It was a spontaneous act by Narendra Modi, he pulled out his smartphone and cozied up with Chinese premier for the shot.
It's selfie time! Thanks Premier Li. pic.twitter.com/DSCTszSnq3
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 15, 2015
And, why not, eventually the selfie has the two most powerful people in ASIA, who belongs to countries that have combined one-third of world’s total population.
Within few hours of Narendra Modi posted it on his Twitter account the selfie garnered more than 4.5k retweets and 6k favorites. But it is not just the retweets and followers, it is probably the only snap of two powerful icons where no professional photographer as involved.
“The leaders of two of the world’s fastest growing countries just made selfie history….Sure, a picture can say a thousand words — but it’s not every day one can speak for over a third of the world’s population,” the CNBC wrote.
Modi’s love to selfie is widely known. His very first highly popular – and controversial, also – selfie was the one he took after casting his vote in 2014 election. He also took the selfie with Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott during his visit to Australia in November last year.
Few of the other popular selfies that created enough of buzz online were 2014 Oscar selfie taken by host Ellen DeGeneres with Hollywood celebrities Meryl Streep, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong’o, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Pitt. The selfie was retweeted for 921,000 times in less than 40 minutes and soon reached 1 million retweets mark in few following days. By now it has been retweeted for 3.3 million and has received over 2 million favorites.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014
But Modi-Li selfie is not the first ever political selfie which is creating a buzz on Twitter. In 2013, world’s most powerful person and the US President Barak Obama and Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron posed for a selfie with Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt at a memorial ceremony of Nelson Mandella, late president of South Africa.