Big Index! Getting Bigger…

Indices…That’s what dreams are made of! Our TinEye search index is approaching 500,000,000 images; that’s half a billion folks!

Killer Kitten on TinEye
Killer Kitten on TinEye. View full size.

Half a billion may sound like a lot, doesn’t it? Well it is really just the beginning and that’s a tiny portion of all the images online today.

We are officially launching TinEye, our image identification based search engine, in a closed beta. What does this mean? You can request an invitation and servers permitting we will provide one! And you will get to play and experiment with the world’s first image identification search engine.

TinEye has been garnering great reviews already, from “the next frontier for web search” from the National Post to “indistiguishable from magic” from Jeff Barr, Amazon Evangelist to “image-recognition company that is second to none” Mathew Ingram.

You are all familiar with the Google or text based approach to searching: insert keywords in the search field and retrieve search results. TinEye uses an image as input instead. Rather than entering text, you upload an image to TinEye or you give it an image URL. It’s that simple! TinEye then uses our search index to retrieve where your search image has appeared in all the websites that we have indexed. No small feat.

And for your viewing eyes the TinEye video:


BROWSE / IN Idee Inc Image Recognition TinEye


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La recherche d’images facilitée avec TinEye May 23 08 at 9:46 am

It’s such a great idea. Problem is, I just couldn’t even get to sign up for the invite because captcha hates me. Use every browser I can get my hands on, but it’s not working.

Sigh. Oh well, may be next time.

Kris T May 11 08 at 12:01 pm

Kris, I just sent you a direct invitation to Let me us know if you have any other problems.



Leila Boujnane May 11 08 at 3:11 pm

Hi Leila,

Thank you so much for the invite. I still can’t get through the captcha with both my PC and laptop for some reason. I can register through my friend’s computer though, so all’s fixed now.

I’m trying out the site right now, and it looks fabulous. :)

Again, thank you so much for your help!

Kris T May 12 08 at 9:38 am

Hi, could somebody please send me an invitation? I would really apprechiate this.
Looking forward for an invitation at:

incognitas May 13 08 at 12:37 pm

To get an invitation, you need to request one at

Leila Boujnane May 14 08 at 5:48 pm

Hi, could somebody please send me an invitation? I would really apprechiate this.
Looking forward for an invitation at:

ermia Jun 05 08 at 4:26 am To get an invitation you need to request one at We are granting invitations as they are requested. Thanks.

Leila Boujnane Jun 08 08 at 9:44 am

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