- Expanding our TinEye index
We have been working away on our crawling approaches and our efforts are finally bearing fruit. For the past several weeks the TinEye image index has grown by roughly 2-3 million images per week using a series of new crawling approaches. This is a good foundation that we are now going to scale to bring you more images and current content!
You may not have noticed this since our TinEye results page rounds our image index to the nearest hundredth of a billion images (i.e. the nearest 10 million). But we’ve changed it to round to the nearest 100 thousand images so now it is easy to watch that number grow!
So check back often and keep searching! Stay tuned for further developments as well as the ability to submit your sitemaps directly to TinEye.
- TinEye earns a star
- TinEye on the trail of the British National Party
I now know that I am not the only one who is TinEye-ing every single image I come across on the internet. I have become a TinEye addict. I am soon going to need to start a TinEye Anonymous group: Hello my name is Leila and I am addicted to TinEye! I bet I would be in great company. But on to the British National Party. Did you know that:
The UK Telegraph reports that pamphlets distributed by the far right party to 29 million homes ahead of this month’s European and council polls featured testimonies from five “typical Britons” giving their reasons for voting BNP. Turns out the BNP supporters were istockphoto images!
Keeping it real with TinEye!
That’s a word I have never used!
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- Seeing more than double!
Derek has a great little article about TinEye and the future of image recognition driven search over at About the Image. Since the launch of TinEye I have been keeping an eye out for images that I constantly see being used in outreach and marketing campaigns and I have noticed quite a few Everywhere Girls. I am very tempted to start a TinEye tracker just for business women with glasses or a girl blowing a dandelion used in the world of advertising. I am sure it would make for a few entertaining blog posts!
Derek’s article reminds me of Emily Steel’s article in the Wall Street Journal: When Marketers See Double.
TinEye is gaming changing, not only because it is a reverse image search engine: ie you give it an image as a search input to start your image search, but because it is the first search engine to allow you to actually see how an image is being used. It drives home the notion of image accountability and integrity.
[to be continued]
- Google + colour searching
Well it is about time that the Google folks mimicked the Canadian search giants – yes, that’s us! Google introduced colour search to image searching. Nice. Of course it will be awesome! Still no multicolour on Google but you can try a simple hack to get the poor man’s multicolour on Google: search for a colour using a keyword (for example blue sky) and pick a different colour from the drop down. Voila! No great image search results but hey it is a start…
Now if you want the play with the real deal in multicolour searching head over to the Idée lab!
Love how a blog post on LifeHacker about Google’s colour search moves into a full discussion of Idée’s technologies namely: TinEye and Multicolor search. Fun times in the Ideeplex!
- German EverywhereGirl?
By now you are all (too) familiar with the EverywhereGirl… but the Praegnanz.de blog in Germany seems to have found the German Everywhere Girl. All these stock photography business images are becoming all too familiar!
- TinEye on BoingBoing
Well TinEye is a myth debunker! He is a fake photo buster. A couple of days ago the UK Telegraph reported that there was perhaps a giant snake lurking in the Borneo river but Mark Frauenfelder from BoingBoing smelled a doctored photograph:
Well yes, they are. Fromage who is a TinEye user pointed out that the photograph was a fake and that one of the original photograph could be found here. Here is a link to the entire TinEye result set.
- Save precious time: TinEye Mozilla add-on and plugins! <3
Click, BAM. Click, BAM. No, that’s not a grenade–that’s just the peaceful sound of the TinEye plugin providing you with instant search satisfaction! If you are running Firefox or Internet Explorer and you have not installed the TinEye plugin, you don’t know what you’re missing. Just right-click on any image from wherever you happen to be on the intertubes, and TinEye will quickly and quietly search for that image in a background tab or separate window.
Firefox users update: we’ve just released version 0.5 of our plugin. It is now out of the sandbox and available directly from Mozilla! If you’ve already tried out the FF version, why not write us a review?
Oh, and for our Opera and Safari friends: Sorry we do not have a special plugin just for you, but we do have a really great bookmarklet that is the next best thing.
- Open TinEye! And other stuff…
Well folks we’ve heard you loud and clear: “We don’t want to log in to use TinEye“. Good news! TinEye is now open for anyone and everyone to use, without the need to log in or register. Our registered friends – and there are almost 200,000 of you – however, will enjoy some great perks.
And there have been some other changes too!
- Registered users of TinEye will get the opportunity to try out new features first, and provide feedback. You will also be able to link to and share your search results with friends. You will also have the option to keep a search history, including a gallery of images with search dates and the number of results found. And don’t forget that registered users can subscribe to the TinEye newsletter to stay in the loop. Now would you just go and register?!
- We introduced automatic discard of search images after one hour. If you are unregistered–or if you are registered and have disabled search history in your profile–anything you upload to TinEye for search is discarded after an hour.
- We updated the TinEye plugin for FireFox to version 0.5. This update includes a bug fix where if text is highlighted with a background image beneath it, the plugin is not activated.
- The little business of ads appearing on TinEye. Well, they have arrived because little TinEye wants some fluids (especially Robot Oil and Bourbon). You want a free reverse image search engine right?
- We made improvements to search speed and you should be able to play with a faster and sharper TinEye.
Just for the new folks: TinEye is still only searching a 1 billion image index which means if you don’t find a match for your image search it is not the image recognition technology, it is the index! But now that we have this release out the door we will go back to working on the little things: like growing our index!
So what should you be searching for this morning? Well how about the Obama Hope image that is all the rage this morning? or the little angry baby? Happy searching folks and welcome to the future of image search brought to you by the good folks at Idée.