A new type of photo called a ‘bothie’ could be about to make the selfie a thing of the past 3 years ago

A new type of photo called a ‘bothie’ could be about to make the selfie a thing of the past

Bothie. Doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, does it?

Nobody had ever heard of the term up until about five years ago, but you’d do well to find anyone nowadays who doesn’t know what a ‘selfie’ is.


Just ask Aidan O’Shea.

There’s little doubt that the selfie has revolutionised the way people take photos, but Nokia (remember them?) are hoping to change the landscape all over again with the launch of their new smartphone, the Nokia 8.

Key to Nokia’s sales pitch for their new product is a dual sight-mode feature, which will enable the use of front and back cameras simultaneously for split-screen photos and video (video can be uploaded directly to YouTube and Facebook Live).

What it means, in essence, is that owners of the phone will be able to include themselves in a photo they’re taking, whether it’s of a friend or while stood in front of a monument like the Spire on Dublin’s O’Connell Street.

It will also, alas, bring an end to the cheeky (but hilarious) practise of pretending to take a photo of someone/a group of people while secretly turning the camera on yourself.

Pic via Nokia.com


Of course, such a concept is no good without a catchy name to describe it and after what we presume must not have been much debate, Nokia have decided upon the term ‘bothie’, which they hope will become as familiar a part of the lexicon as ‘selfie’ in the near future.

“Be less Selfie, be more #Bothie,” reads the tagline on the website of the Finnish company, who are hoping to re-emerge as a giant in the communications world and who re-released the iconic Nokia 3310 earlier this year.

It remains to be seen if ‘Bothie’ will achieve next to or near the popularity of the selfie, but if you want to find out more about it and about the Nokia 8 itself, you can do so here.