IIT Delhi eyes Guinness with world’s longest selfie chain

Guinness has some specific rules for what qualifies as a selfie.

Written by Shikha Sharma | New Delhi | Published:October 16, 2014 2:03 am

Selfies are the rage these days. But students of IIT Delhi are all set to take the phenomenon to a new level when they attempt to beat the record for the world’s longest selfie chain. They plan to form a chain of 1,000 people or more and shoot selfies in one go, during their cultural fest Rendezvous.

“We wanted to do something a little off-beat and, about two weeks ago, during a brainstorming chanced upon this idea. Currently, the world record for the longest selfie is for 250-plus participants and we thought we could do much better. So we formed a Facebook group, asking students to participate,” Sachit Sehgal, a student at IIT-D and one of the co-ordinators for the event, said.

While the group intends to attempt a selfie chain of 1,000 people or more, it has already received more than 3,000 registrations for participation so far. “The success of the record depends on its execution. Guinness has some specific rules for what qualifies as a selfie and we will have to ensure that all 1,000 participants adhere to those rules and click the ‘correct selfies’, in order to make the record,” Meghank Garg, co-cordinator and student at IIT-D, said.

Guinness World Records defines a selfie chain record as “the longest line of people taking self-photographs (selfies) with their neighbour in a relay fashion, with the record being measured by the number of people taking part in the relay chain.”

To create the record, participants will have to stand in a specific formation and, when signalled, the first person in the formation will take a selfie of himself or herself and the person standing next to them with a smartphone, the rules state. Once the first selfie is taken, the second person will be required to take a selfie with a third person in a similar fashion till the end of the line.

“A part of the arm holding the phone has to feature in every photograph. Every photo needs to have two clearly visible faces. Every participant, barring the first and last one, needs to be in two pictures. Selfies have to be taken consecutively and the difference between two selfies cannot be more than 60 seconds. There are a lot of specifics and officials from Guinness will be there videographing the entire thing, so we have to ensure every participant takes the selfie just right, otherwise we might be disqualified,” Sehgal told Newsline.

To ensure participants take the pictures right, the group will be conducting rehearsals on October 17-18. “We are confident we’ll pull this off. After all, how difficult can taking a selfie be?” Sehgal said.

According to Guinness World Records, the record for the longest chain of selfies is currently held by two Australian companies, who made the record while kickstarting a beauty campaign in July this year.

A total of 279 people stood in a line to form the shape of Australia before taking snaps of themselves, outdoing the previous record of 267 set by the students of John Carroll University, US, the month before.

Current record
According to Guinness World Records, the record for the longest chain of selfies is currently held by two Australian companies. The record was set in July this year.  A total of 279 people stood in line to form the shape of Australia before taking snaps of themselves. They outdid the previous record of 267 set by students of John Carroll University, US, the month before.

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