Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Selfie Promoter; You Don't Have to Be a True Belieber to Use Justin Bieber's New Social Networking App. but You Do Have to like Taking Lots and Lots of Photos of Yourself

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Selfie Promoter; You Don't Have to Be a True Belieber to Use Justin Bieber's New Social Networking App. but You Do Have to like Taking Lots and Lots of Photos of Yourself

Article excerpt

POP superstars aren't famous for being shy, and Justin Bieber even less than most. So it's perhaps not surprising that the lad has just launched a new social network dedicated to the art of self-promotion: the selfie snap.

For readers aged over 30, a selfie is a self-portrait taken with a smartphone. It's all about: "Look at me and who I'm with!" Bieber's network, called Shots of Me (shots.me) is an app (on iOS only for the time being), and to its credit it goes to great lengths to stamp out any traces of cyberbullying or trolling.

There's a real-time feed of new selfies, and you can fave the ones you like. If you follow a particular user, they can send you a direct message. There's no comments box that's open to abuse.

If Bieber can convince just a fraction of his millions of Twitter followers to download the new app, it will be a huge success. …

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