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DAYTON, Ohio -- The latest internet trend might gives you a rare view of the rearview.

Butt selfies -- or photos of someone's rearend, usually taken by the booty's owner -- are popping up all over the internet thanks to social media posts by celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Miley Cyrus.

Amelia Robinson, of the Dayton Daily News offers some tips on what you should know about the butt selfie trend.

She writes:

"1) The birth of a word: The Daily Dot breaks down the brief by buttylicious history of the butt selfie from sexy to silly in an article that trace the ‘word’ usage way back to 2012 when Instagram user buchikk posted a picture of her backside and hashtagged it ‘buttselfie’ ‘idontknowwhattohashtag” and several other things.It was a day that will forever haunt us.

2) It has its own ‘gate’: Kardashian threw wood on the fire when she posted a photo of herself and butt barely covered in a white swimming suit in October. There is speculation that Kardashian photoshopped her recent butt selfie taken with friend Blac Chyna. I am calling the scandal Butt Selfie-gate.

3) Belfies can be sporty: Not all butt selfies are controversial. Jen Selter is using the ‘art-form’ for good and it is seemingly paying off. Yoga pants and a plump keister have helped gain the fitness motivator nearly a half million Facebook friends and more than 1.6 million Instagram followers, including singer Rihanna and former football player Terrell Owens. The butt selfie expert told Elle magazine that she gets four to 5,000 new Instagram followers with every new derriere pic. “I don’t really go to public gyms anymore just because it is a whole big scene when I’m there,” the 20-year-old told the New York Post. “I don’t like being watched.”

4)You can sing to it: The spoof song “Belfies Are Selfies Of Your Butt (Bon Iver Song) by PoliSub promotes the use of the word belfies and the taking and tagging of said pictures.

5) It could be going places:The Oxford Dictionary declared ‘selfie’ the word of 2013. So far, belfie is unrecognized by the respected dictionary."

Do you think belfies have a place online? Sound off below.

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