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by Jessica Stringfield
It was a snowy, chilly day in January 2014. The Social Media staff started their day like any other by monitoring the old Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages while visions of content danced in their heads. But, Oh! What’s that? A peculiar yet intriguing #selfie… eh…old news…but WAIT! These selfies were taken at Museums? In front of beautiful pieces of Art? Suddenly, these selfies started popping up from all different museums across the world! The possibilities were endless….and all over “Twitter Land”. The CAM staff then knew what their calling for that day would be; get creative, have a great time, snap some selfies and feature some of the most amazing items in our collection!
For a second, let’s examine the actual science behind #MuseumSelfieDay. The typical reach of a typical selfie can be pretty minimal unless there is something particularly funny, beautiful and/or interesting about it…if you happen to adhere to one or all of these standards, there is a good chance that others will also find it amusing and share it with their friends. Fun…but short lived, right? The best you can hope for is a career as an internet Meme.
Now… imagine the chances of your once ‘typical’ selfie…which is pretty good…BUT in front of a gorgeous 17th Century work of art? A detailed 15th century sculpture? An ancient scroll from our Asian Gallery? Now THAT is how you up the ante. That is a game changer. ..and THAT is #MuseumSelfieDay.
We did a good job last year in our playfully serious #selfieshowdown with Cincinnati Museum Center, BUT this year, we’re really bringing our A-GAME. We’ve been practicing our duck faces, furrowed brows and funny looks in the mirror as we prepare for the next #MuseumSelfieDay on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. We’ve even been working on our button-clicking exercises and researching the best Instagram filters.
We have our hashtags (#MuseumSelfieDay AND #CincyMuseumSelfie) ready!
And YOU are invited too! Here at CAM, there are only 3 rules:
Want to double check if something is safe to photograph? One of our friendly staff members or security guards would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
We know, we know…it’s a hard decision to decide to come to the CAM on a Wednesday (wait.. no it’s not) so we’ve also listed the pros and cons of joining us for#MuseumSelfieDay at the CAM.
Say Cheese and have fun!
–Jessica Stringfield, Marketing and Communications Associate