Apparently the ability to search Google Images using an image you upload has been around for a couple of years, I only fell over it today by accident.
Go to Google Images and click the camera icon at the right hand end of the search box. You will be prompted to upload an image, and Google will then search for images in its index that match.
I searched using the image above – it’s a studio shot taken for an investment prospectus a few years ago. Lo and behold it found a list of pages that include that image, and then gave me a list of “visually similar images”. Which is when things turned a little scary:
Apparently I look similar to a bunch of Korean nuclear scientists, plus at least two chaps named Christian.
For fun I tried with the charcoal sketch I use as an avatar on most sites:
Here’s where I struck gold.
Check out the first image on the bottom row. Google thinks I look like Abraham Lincoln. Most importantly note the middle image on the bottom row.
Yup, you got it right, Google reckons I’m the spitting image of Zach Galifianakis.
Turns out I’ve been scuppered by my complete lack of celebrity knowledge, apparently the image is of Bradley Cooper, it’s just that Google Images showed me the name “Zach Galifianakis” when I rolled my mouse over. So that’s who I presumed it was. Clearly I’ll never make an entertainment reporter on the E! network.