- Photography as theater
We love hearing from our TinEye fans because that’swhat keeps us going every day and that’s how we discover awesome photography. For example: the work of Roberto Kusterle. Here is Sophie’s story:
I had adored this following image for ages, and had no idea of the source.
All I knew, was that it was surreal photography and possibly one of my favorite images ever, but I did not know anything else about it…Until I searched for it in TinEye!
I then found a copy of this image with a name in foreign letters. I search this in google, and found a few stunningly beautiful images that lead me to find the artist’s name in a readable form to me: Roberto Kusterle. I found his site and am enamored with every photograph he has ever created.
Endless thanks to TinEye!
Thank you Sophie for sharing your story with us. We are now insane about Roberto Kusterle’s work! Have you seen his angel (I want wings, why can’t we all have wings?) and Il Bambino e il suo bosco?
- TinEye status
TinEye is down at the moment. We are looking into this and will update as soon as we have a handle on the situation. Stay tuned. Sorry about this outage.
We are back online. Happy searching.
- TinEye index
23 million images have been added to the TinEye index bringing our index to 1,823,535,745. Looks like a 2 billion image index is right around the corner for TinEye!
Happy searching fans!
Photograph (c) Thomas Hawk
- TinEye status
TinEye fans: TinEye may not have been available to some of you late last night. TinEye is back online now but if you are experiencing any issues, please ping us firstname.lastname@example.org or leave us a comment.
- Happy Holidays! Happy Searching!
Just in time for the holiday: We have added 15 million images to the TinEye index which is today 1,800,781,909 images. Happy searching.
Photograph (c) by Alex Eylar
- Crunchies Nominations are still open!
TinEye fans help TinEye by nominating our little reverse image search engine as the Best Technology Achievement for 2010! You can nominate everyday and the deadline for nomination is Friday December 24th at midnight.
- Is the TinEye index weird?
I can’t stop being surprised at what is in the TinEye index but hey if it helps out AskReddit then that’s just awesome!
- If you don’t know TinEye you should! Joe Pantuso
- TinEye Chrome Extension
Hey TinEye fans and Chrome users. Many of you have asked why when installing our TinEye Chrome Extension, a popup warns you that our extension can access “Your data on all websites” and “Your browsing history”. What? Does this mean that TinEye is keeping track of all the webpages you visit?
Well no, TinEye does not, and never will. It is simply that our TinEye extension needs access to the page you are browsing in order for TinEye to be able to add a context menu to perform a TinEye search. Basically, in order to access the image’s URL, our TinEye extension needs to be able to read the page your browser is on. The warning is simply Google’s way of being cautious and letting you know what an extension could access. There is no way for TinEye to add an image context menu without having this warning appear. Drop by the Google Support forum for all the nitty gritty details http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Chrome/thread?tid=30636989775092ba&hl=en
Ok, this explains the “data on all websites” warning, but what about my browsing history? Why do you need to access that? Well, as it turns out, to be able to open your TinEye results in a new tab, our TinEye extension needs to access your browser’s history! Again this is just the way such extensions work in Chrome and not an attempt on TinEye’s part to access any of your data.
So happy and safe searching!
UPDATED: To view the source code of the TinEye extension, simply download the extension, rename it from *.crx to *.zip, and then extract it.
- TinEye Image Analytics
At the TinEye headquarters we are constantly thinking about image search features for our reverse image search engine and of course how to make TinEye the best reverse image search engine in the world. We like building useful software for our fans.
So listening to you all sending in feature requests, ideas, suggestions etc. one feature constantly makes it to the top of the request list (after a larger index) and that is what our fans call an image alert. This basically would be a service that would allow TinEye users to find out of where their images are appearing on the web via an automated notification mechanism. Similar to Google Alerts but for images.
So today I would like you to tell us what comes to mind when you (our TinEye fan) think about when you think about image alerts and how would such a feature make your image searches easier.We have heard that as a professional and amateur photographer you would like to find out where your images are appearing and figure out if they are being used according to how they were licensed. But surely you would probably want to use an image alert service for more than just a copyright tracking tool! At least we think so because we believe analytics to be an incredible tool to drive your decision making (why fly blindingly to your destination, when you can get a compass to direct you?).
How we envision an image analytics service is simple (in principle): you would upload a set of images to the service and get a notification each time your image is spotted on the wild web. But as we are gathering data for this service we can’t help but think about what other features could make you love TinEye even more. We have a number of ideas but we would love to hear from you all. So drop us a line in the comments and tell us about your dream features for an image analytics service.
We are listening. And would like to engage in a conversation with you all.