- Introducing TinEye Imagemaps
As our TinEye fans know: our TinEye index grew beyond 2 billion images as of a couple of weeks ago. Now it is time for us to focus on going beyond just crawling to grow our index, by involving you (our content partners) and adding your image collections to the TinEye index.
A goal of TinEye is to help you find the author of an image, where it came from, where it is being used, where you can find additional images from the same author, where you can license the image or any information that you will find useful about your search image. So being able to grow our TinEye index by accepting contributor imagemaps will get us closer to this goal.
We are also working on having contributor images shown at the top of TinEye result pages. This makes it much easier for our users to identify important sources for the images they are looking for.
Today we are introducing the TinEye imagemap. This is a beta release.
What is a TinEye Imagemap?
It is a file that a site’s webmaster creates to tell TinEye’s crawlers exactly where to find all the images on the site.
Today, image collections from iStockphoto, Getty Images, Photoshelter, Masterfile, F1 online, wikipedia and more have been included in the 2 billion TinEye image index. If you own or manage an image centric website, we would like to add your images as well. Become familiar with our TinEye imagemap requirements and complete the imagemap submission form for consideration.
Please note that for the duration of our TinEye imagemap beta, submission priority will be given to:
- stock photography and editorial image collections
- art and illustration collections available for licensing
- archival and historical image collections
- creative commons image collections
As this is a beta release, we appreciate your comments, questions and suggestions. Happy searching!
And no, we have not forgotten about all of our TinEye fans: once we get more feedback with this beta release of our imagemaps, we will start accepting your imagemap submissions and not just stock photography and large image collections.
- 2B. 2B. 2B.
I am sure that our TinEye fans already noticed that we crossed our 2 billion image goal. We have been so busy we did not see the numbers flip! We added close to 25 million images to the TinEye index, bringing our index to 2,013,406,246! We will be celebrating in the ideeplex with some awesome table tennis – the team is competitive – and great beers and tacos! But don’t worry, we will be planning a 2 billion TinEye image party very soon. And you are invited!
We are also working on our TinEye Image Contributor beta. This is an XML based protocol that will allow webmasters to create a TinEye readable XML imagemap for their content. Stay tuned for details on Monday. We are excited about this release as it will allow image centric websites to point us to their content to add to the TinEye index. Our goal as always is to make sure that each image out there is linked to its creator.
In the meantime: happy searching! And don’t forget to check out our TinEye product blog for the latest news.
[Photograph (c) Kevin Dooley]
- TinEye update
[Photograph (c) Umberto Salvagin]
- HackDay at the TinEye HQ
Did you know that we organize HackDays across Canada? Where awesome developers meet and build new application using APIs that we provide? Did you know that our hack events are the best hacking events ever? That the developers who join us kick ass? And the applications they build awesome? I bet you didn’t know. Join us next time.
Today we are eating our own dog food in the TinEye HQ and building a feature for a client. And I am looking forward to seeing it roll out at the end of the day so stay tuned. We are working hard, unlike our TinEye HQ dog:
Zazie is totally chillin’. ah that’s what we will be doing at the end of the day when we hit deploy!
- TinEye Maintenance
TinEye fans: TinEye is offline at the moment and we are working around the clock to complete our updates to get it back online. Please be patient with us as this may take a few more hours.
- TinEye Firefox Add-on Update
TinEye fans: we have a little update for our TinEye Firefox Add-on. We have added the ability to search for images on your own computer (i.e. file:// URLs) and for images on secure websites (i.e. https:// URLs). Our TinEye add-on now sends the raw image data when the image URL starts with file:// or https://.
This means that you will be able to search for images you encounter when you are on a secure site that requires a login. Instead of saving the image to your hard drive and submitting it to TinEye, you will now simply be able to right click the image to search.
Happy searching. And happy attribution by TinEye. And as always, let us know your feedback.
Well we know it is not 2 billion images but close!
- 36. The answer is 36.
We added 36 million new images to the TinEye index. Happy searching TinEye fans!
- TinEye to the rescue!
“I found a picture while searching for faeries one night and I saw one that was beyond perfect for the cover for my novel, which is being released this spring. I used Google Goggles and searched everywhere … high and low … but TinEye helped me find it on deviantart in about fifteen minutes, following links from the main one.
Now I have contacted the artist and am just waiting to hear from her [...].
Eden: thanks for sharing! If you are a TinEye fan and would like to share your TinEye search story with us, get in touch!