Before I start I should mention that I actually got this idea from Photojojo, a really neat e-newsletter that always has cool photography stuff in it.
Nowadays everyone and their dog has a digital camera, we all snap away at parties and post them on facebook etc but rarely are the shots anything eye catching. Here's a simple way to make a fun group photo with your friends that people may actually take the time to look at ;)
The first thing you need to know is how to set the self timer on your camera. Look for the icon shown above in your cameras menu. Often it is selected by pressing one of the directions on the directional pad on the back of your camera [on my Canon point and shoot its the down arrow].
Now get everyone around you and set the camera on the floor, press the shutter, huddle around and smile!
It may take a few tries to get everyone centered properly, the halloween shot was a little off :)