My Heritage Celebrity Collage and Tumblr [en]

[fr] My Heritage Celebrity Collage prend une de vos photos et cherche à quelles célébrités vous ressemblez. Tumblr est un endroit où bloguer, mais style "degré zéro du blog".

While I was waiting for Dreamhost to give me back CTTS so that I could finally post On the Road to Being a Healthier Geek, both Facebook and Google Reader offered me new toys to try out. I guess I’m a joiner too — I spend my time signing up for things.

My Heritage Celebrity Collage

This one is Francesca’s fault. It’s a photo recognition thing that will analyse a photo of you and match it to celebrity photos.

What I liked

  • sign-up without a glitch
  • allows me to upload a photo by URL (yesss!)
  • allows direct posting to FaceBook
  • saves my collages silently

What I liked less

  • finding guys in my celebrity lookalikes (yeah, I know)
  • default “spam all your friends with this” when posting to FaceBook
  • ugly album URLs

About the quality of recognition itself: it seems that things like hairstyle, face inclination, etc. have quite a lot of impact on who you’ll be matched to. I tried three different photos, and got three different sets of faces. (I’ve been told at times I bear some resemblence to Reese Witherspoon, Tilda Swindon, Nicole Kidman, or Sandrine Kiberlain — but never any of the names I saw in the collages. The names are gone now, but I’ll let you judge.)


OMG, the fragmentation of the online self! The disappearance of the letter “e” in the web2.0 world! What shall we do?

Seriously, Tumblr has some interestingness to it. It aims at what I call “zero-level blogging” (le degré zéro du blog) — something I know I tend to use Twitter for at times. I’ve been using Facebook for that too, and my Cheese Sandwich Weblog.

What I liked

  • easy sign-up (that’s always good)
  • I can make it pink
  • bookmarklet (like Facebook) to share stuff on my Tumblelog

What I liked less

If this continues, I won’t just be blogging about the need for integration of my online presence, I’ll be screaming. Be warned.

2 thoughts on “My Heritage Celebrity Collage and Tumblr [en]

  1. Hey Stephanie. Just wanted to thank you for the kind write-up on Tumblr.

    The Flickr issues you mentioned were reported and are scheduled to be patched tomorrow. looks great, btw! Thanks for using Tumblr!

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