Google’s New Image Search Is Freaking Me Out


I popped my standard headshot in and here’s what I got:

A couple of thoughts:

1. If you saw a pic of me when i was about 4 years old, you would see a lot of similarities between me and that kid second from the top right.  Something SixthSense-y going on.  Wonder if I will look like those older guys in a few years?

2. What’s with the large women?  You trying to tell me something Google?

3. Apparently I bear some resemblance to Gyanendra Shah, the last king of Nepal. Always knew I had a royalty thing going on.

Tags: Google

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Matt McGee // Jun 16, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    LOL! You do know they’re not using face recognition, right? So they’re just looking for similar shapes and colors and I’d say they did a pretty good job. :-)

  • 2 Andrew Shotland // Jun 16, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    You can see the pattern recognition with the background, head shape, skin color (kind of) and shirt color. The amazing thing to me was the kid. I have pic somewhere of me as a kid wearing almost that exact same shirt. The resemblance is uber-freaky.

  • 3 Michael Dorausch // Jun 16, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Haha, they look so much like you, blue shirts and all. :)

  • 4 Nyagoslav // Jun 16, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    I wonder how to accept the fact that almost every picture of mine returns girls results (+George Clooney sometimes lol…)

  • 5 Andrew Shotland // Jun 16, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    I recommend you work on improving your Clooney ratio

  • 6 Lela // Jun 17, 2011 at 7:43 am

    I don’t know where google gets this the ideas for this stuff. This is why I don’t post pics.

  • 7 fazal mayar // Jun 19, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    I had a blog post on this too, it looks like a cool feature but its also pretty unique and a bit weird.

  • 8 Steve // Jun 20, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    OK…so just how do you perform this search? Is this a US only Google thing? I wanna see who looks me.

  • 9 Andrew Shotland // Jun 20, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    It may only be in US right now. If you go to image search and see a camera in the search box, you’ve got it.

  • 10 Nick Stamoulis // Jun 28, 2011 at 7:13 am

    This is funny. I haven’t tried this yet, and I’m actually a little bit scared to see the results. Besides for laughs, I’m wondering if this feature is actually being used.