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The dos and don'ts of taking selfies

With examples. Great, great examples.

THE SELFIE IS a growing internet phenomenon, in which people take photos of themselves at key moments.

Sometimes it’s to memorialise a good hair day, an important event or indeed meeting someone cool.

Sometimes it’s for no reason at all.

One way or the other, there are lessons to be learned about getting your selfie right.

Here are some key dos and don’ts.

Don’t force someone to take a selfie with you if they’re not into it

Twitter/HilaryDuff

Don’t put a camera in an animal enclosure and think they won’t seize the selfie opportunity

Twitter/HoustonZoo

Do take a selfie with your celebrity best mate

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Do think carefully about what might happen if you try to take a selfie with an animal

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Don't take selfies in front of strangers

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Don't try and look tough if you're not

Instagram/JustinBieber

Do take selfies with animals you encounter in your back garden if they seem like total posers

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Do take an opportunity to get a celeb in the background

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Don't lie about who's taking the picture

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Don't take selfies on a piece of stolen equipment

Facebook/Allen Engstrom

Don't take selfies on laptops, you'll just look silly

instagram/selfyfails

Or indeed on a desktop computer you've dragged into the bathroom

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Do document important moments in your life

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Don't use photoshop

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Do carefully consider your background

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Have any other tips?  Why not share them in the comments?

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