How to use Google's mega-hit viral app, which compares your selfies to famous works of art
From Facebook to Instagram to Twitter, my social media feeds of late are flooded with selfies next to famous artwork.
Moreover, the selfies are seemingly parallel in nature to the artwork.
You probably know what I'm talking about. These things:
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As it turns out, all those photos are from a Google app that's over a year old: It's called the Google Arts & Culture app, and it's free on Google Play and the Apple App Store.
The ability to compare your face to famous works of art, however, is a new feature. And it's one that's clearly caught on! You may be wondering how to use it - I'm here to help with that.
The first thing you have to do is download the app, of course.
Next, after downloading and installing it, all you have to do is find the section dedicated to taking selfies and comparing them with famous artworks.
After tapping "Get Started," Google warned me that it would send my selfies to Google.
After that brief warning, you're able to get started. And so I began!
It then analyzes your face:
And here's what I got:
Results vary pretty wildly — here's Business Insider's own Tony Villas-Boas comparing his post-CES malaise with that of Charles I:
Celebrities are getting in on the fun as well. Here's "Silicon Valley" and "The Big Sick" star Kumail Nanjiani, for instance:
Twitter's own CEO Jack Dorsey gave it a shot over the long weekend:
Google says the app's feature is available in "parts of the US" thus far and — given the popularity — it seems very likely to go wider than that.