Google Reverse Image Search
Written By: Anthony Luciano
Have you guys heard of this "reverse image search" thing? I hadn't until recently. I was doing a paper on influential artists of the 21st century and came across it when asking who painted this one thing. Someone on Reddit said to "just reverse image search it!" And sent me a link to Google Images. As it turns out, you can just drag and drop a photo saved on your computer into the search box, and the system will look for other images that are similar to yours.
With popular images like a famous painting, this will usually lead you to a website or article about that painting. This made the rest of my paper a breeze to write. I was able to save the paintings off of my professor's online instructions, ReverseImage Search them and then throw together a paragraph or two about the painting, the artist and their influence, blah blah blah. I finished my paper and thought I could have some fun with this new tool.
I had a few images of my favorite superheroes saved on my hard drive and have always wanted to know where they came from. I thought this would be the best time to find out. So I dragged and dropped a drawing of Barry Allen into the Google Image Search bar to find out it was the cover for The Flash #22! I was super stoked. I had started collecting comic books somewhat recently and thought this would make a great addition to the collection. Especially considering it's been saved on my computer for so long.
After a few hours of this, I thought I'd take the "Google Your Own Name" game to the next level. You know the game. You just... well... go to google.com, type your name in the search bar and hit "I'm feeling Lucky". It was a lot more fun before the world of social media. Nowadays, you search your name and it leads straight to your Facebook Page. Fucking boring. But I figured I'd take a selfie and drop that in the search box. Maybe I'm on some random "Hot Singles Near You" ad.
It started off with the usual suspects of searching yourself. The first few results were just photos from my Facebook and Twitter. Nothing exciting. Then the pictures started going back a couple of years. Older pictures. Some were still hosted on MySpace. I laughed as I scrolled through the awkward photos of me in my Cradle of Filth tee shirts. I got a little nostalgic at the pictures of me and my friends when we had that band a few years ago. Then came the pictures from my ex's Facebook page. Nobody likes coming across memories of past relationships. Especially ones that didn't end so well.
Those pictures made me think of how lucky I am now. I've been living with my girlfriend for about two years now. And she actually makes me happy. Not that "looking for love and I'm used to this person happy". The real deal happy. It's funny because sometimes I can't even remember exactly how we met originally. I just know that I had decided to go out to the bar downtown and drown my loneliness a few weeks after losing my job. I think that night was the straw that broke the camel's back, too. I had just told my mom to go fuck herself over the phone after arguing about why Marie and I broke up.
I remember her buying me a drink and us chatting for a little while. And the next thing I knew, we were back at her place. I'm sure you can fill in the gaps from there. I'll spare you the details. But I decided that night to stay with her. She sent someone to pick up my things from my parent's place since I was sleeping on their couch and I really haven't been able to face my mom after all of that. And in two months, her and I will be celebrating two years together. Anyways. I didn't come here to tell you about my hardships with my family. I came here to tell you about this crazy little website. So let's get back to that, shall we?
I scrolled past those pictures of Marie and I and my old band and a few other people I didn't recognize. Turns out Google thinks I look like a famous Reggae artist from the 90's? The technology is far from perfect. But that got a chuckle out of me. But then I came across something really weird. After all of the nostalgia and pain and memories was a missing person's poster type-thing. You know, like the ones they have on the wall at the front of Walmart. The guy looked just like me. It was uncanny! Poor guy has been missing since April 2015. He even has the same birthmark on his neck! I can't believe it.
If I didn't know any better, I'd think we were twins, honestly. Different name and all. I guess what I'm trying to say is if you're looking for something to kill some time, and maybe an alternative to the "Google Your Own Name" game, you should try doing a Reverse Image Search of yourself. You might dig up some old memories or come across something weird like I did. So I suppose I'll leave you with that. My girl is calling me from the other room. Time to take my meds and have some dinner.