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

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.


Facebook no longer among Glassdoor’s top 10 workplaces

Updated 11 December 2019

Facebook no longer among Glassdoor’s top 10 workplaces

  • The company received an overall rating of 4.4 out of 5, compared with 4.5 last year
  • Facebook is facing the heat over its handling of user data, misinformation campaigns on the platform
Facebook dropped to the 23rd spot in Glassdoor’s list of “Best Places to Work” in 2020 from the seventh it secured last year, amid heightened regulatory scrutiny of the world’s largest social network.
The company received an overall rating of 4.4 out of 5, compared with 4.5 last year, as employees gave relatively lower ratings for Facebook’s senior leadership and work-life balance.
“High profile projects can be extremely political and can really be dragged down by too many cooks in the kitchen. In a post-Cambridge Analytica world there are huge slowdowns in releasing new features or products ...,” according to one of the employee reviews on Glassdoor.
Facebook is facing the heat over its handling of user data, misinformation campaigns on the platform, as well as its plan for a global cryptocurrency called Libra.
Still, employee sentiment toward Facebook remained largely positive on better compensation and career opportunities, according to the Glassdoor report released late on Tuesday.
Software company HubSpot Inc. topped the 100 best workplaces list, while Alphabet Inc’s Google ranked number 11 and Apple Inc. 84.