Google’s selfie-to-painting match feature takes social media by storm

British politician Edward Miliband seems uncannily similar to an Italian portrait at the Museo Poldi Pezzoli. (Photo courtesy: Twitter)
Updated 16 January 2018
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Google’s selfie-to-painting match feature takes social media by storm

DUBAI: An update on Google’s Arts and Culture app is taking social media by storm due to a feature that allows users to match their selfies with fine art portraits from around the world.
Twitter users have flooded the platform with their successful — and sometimes hilarious — face-matches.
The project was launched in collaboration with 17 museums around the world, including London’s Tate Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Florence’s Uffizi.
The feature, which launched this week, is still region locked and is not available outside the US — for now.
A Google spokesperson told The Sun newspaper: "This is an experiment that’s only available in parts of the US right now, but we’re glad people are having so much fun matching their selfies to works of art."
However, the inaccessibility has not stopped Twitter users around the world from having a good laugh at the snaps, some of which have proven to be less-than-perfect matches.


More than six million tweets on Harry and Meghan’s big day

Updated 20 May 2018
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More than six million tweets on Harry and Meghan’s big day

  • There were 5.2 million tweets that included the hashtag #RoyalWedding

PARIS: Over six million people tweeted on Prince Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle, more than three times the number during his older brother’s wedding, social media monitoring firm Visibrain said Sunday.
Between 2200 GMT Friday and 2300 GMT Saturday, 6,604,498 tweets were posted worldwide on the royal nuptials, of which 5.2 million bore the hashtag #RoyalWedding, the French firm said.
That compared with 1,821,669 tweets across a similar timeframe for Prince William when he married Kate Middleton back on April 29, 2011 when Twitter, founded in 2006, was in its relative infancy.
The most picked up post was by Lucy Sempey and was retweeted nearly 105,000 times. It was a photograph of Markle outside Buckingham Palace as a teen with the message: “One day you’re 15 and posing outside Buckingham palace and 22 years later you’re marrying the Prince. Unreal.”