Trending: So long, selfie... hello 'dronie!'

2014-07-25 14:49
Cape Town – Still taking selfies?  Hate to break this to you, but you’re way behind.  

The Telegraph reports that there’s a brand new trend hitting social media sites, and it’s known as the ‘dronie.’  


Yup, you read that right. And, yup, it’s exactly what you think it is.  

Also known as a sky-selfie, ‘dronies’ typically take the form of short video clips zooming in on or out of an individual or a group of people smiling at a camera and waving.

Unlike the selfie, which is pretty much achievable by anyone with a good arm reach, the ‘dronie’ requires a certain familiarity with technology… oh, and of course, a drone of sorts to mount your camera on. 

Twitter was one of the first to make use of the dronie, introducing it to the Cannes Lions advertising festival last month.

The micro-blogging site used a flying camera to take short clips of people in the garden, then edited to footage to make it look like the filming started in space. 

Check it out Staying on trend, Tourism New Zealand has also embraced the ‘dronie’ as a new feature at a few of the country’s picturesque ski resorts.  

They have apparently launched a pair of DJII Phantom Vision2 drones and a team of operators to help skiers capture epic shots of themselves on the slopes. They can then share their shot using #NZdronie.

The trend is clearly taking off around the globe, as The NY Daily News reports that there are currently about 105 videos on Vimeo of people taking ‘dronies,’ 15 000 YouTube clips containing the word ‘dronie’ in the description – with the most loaded in the past three months.  

A quick squiz on Instagram revealed that there are currently more than 1,200 entries with the #dronie hashtag.

Here are a few of our favourites:

It's just a pity that this sort of awesomeness could probably get you into big trouble here in South Africa, as the use of drones is currently still illegal.

In fact, you may want to brush up on these 13 FAQs regarding drones
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