- TinEye offers students a new way to search!
We love the idea that TinEye could make learning and education a little bit easier!
That’s why we were so pleased to read Linda Braun’s post on teenagers and the world of search.
“It’s important for librarians serving teens to recognize the search tools that are preferred by the age group.
It is exciting to have educators, librarians and library associations joining our growing community and we really hope to hear more about how you are using TinEye with your students and your community.
We were also happy to hear that Linda thinks “…searching TinEye gives you a sense of where search is headed.” We agree wholeheartedly!
Know a librarian or teacher who might be interested in TinEye? Send them our way!
- TinEye got TechCrunch’d!
“I’ve seen my fair share of image search demos, and they usually promise far more than they deliver. But last week, I finally saw one that deserves the name. It is called TinEye.” wrote Erick Schonfeld of, you got it, TechCrunch.
We’ve been so busy today answering emails and inviting users to our awesome beta image search engine that we are just now getting to blogging about it!
If you missed out on the 500 invitations they were giving out not to worry! You can still sign up for our nifty beta via the TinEye website. We will grant additional invitations as soon as we can.
Thank you TechCrunch! This is just the beginning for TinEye.
- TinEye love, TinEye linkfest!
Our image search engine is the talk of the town! TinEye has hundreds of mentions on blogs, forums and websites around the world!
“tineye.com is an awesome tool. I think it’ll be something we’ll be wondering how we ever lived without in the near future. ” – deadmann, Twitter
(Did you know TinEye is on twitter? Come and say hello!)
Are you excited about the next release? We are! Thank you for all your comments, suggestions and tremendous support. We can’t wait to grow our image index and make TinEye better for you. The Idéeplex is buzzing with energy night and day as we work on improvements, they are coming soon! Stay tuned!
We always want to hear from our users, please keep sending your comments, tweaks, feature ideas and kudos (we love kudos!) to tineyefeedback @ ideeinc.com.
What? You don’t have a TinEye account yet? Visit tineye.com and we will make sure you get one lickety-split!
** photo Duncan Cumming
- TinEye finds WWII officer Lt. Col. Anna Walker Wilson
The Idéeplex was full of cheers when we heard Patrick Peccatte‘s story about his search for the female officer in one of the many PhotosNormandie photos (a project to discuss and improve images description on WW2 historical photos).
Long a mystery to him and his fellow WWII historians, Patrick used TinEye to see if he could learn more about the officer in the photo.
The result? With just one search, and in just a few seconds, TinEye located the identical photo in Mattie E. Treadwell’s book The Women’s Army Corps, published in 1954! Finally, a name! Lt. Col. Anna Walker Wilson was the very first WAC to arrive in the European Theater of Operations. It is nice to meet you, Lt. Col. Wilson!
We can’t tell you how exciting it is to see the amazing ways our community is using TinEye!
These are fantastic results, even though our index is still small. But it is growing and we believe TinEye is going to change how the world searches for images.
Welcome historians and history buffs to our growing TinEye community!
- TinEye happiness at deviantART!
Hello new friends at deviantART!
We are listening to you and working hard at growing the index and adding cool new features to TinEye! It is great to hear all the awesome things you have to say so far:
evile33: “That thing blows me away…”
kkart: “This thing is INCREDIBLE!”
sometimes121: “Amazing .. I really needed this kind of search ..”
“That is news worthy indeed.” We think so! Thanks!
Keep the comments and suggestions coming, we love to hear from you.
We are approving TinEye invites as quickly as we can. If you haven’t received yours or haven’t requested an invitation yet come and visit us at tineye.com! Chop, chop! We’re waiting for you!
- We love TinEye fans (and their videos)!
TinEye’s community is growing fast!
We were excited to read Yanik’s recent post about TinEye – it is a hit around the Idéeplex!
Thanks Yanik, we are thrilled that our growing community includes creative folks like you!
- Thank you TinEye Community!
It’s been a busy week here at Idée and an even busier one for TinEye! Since our TinEye beta launched, we’ve had users from all over the globe trying out our image search engine, providing feedback and sharing their results! And we have to say: we love you, we love your feedback and we are working super hard on the next release.
TinEye has gone around the world and made some incredible friends in the US, Canada, Japan, Hungary, China, Germany, Italy, France and the UK to just name a few countries! So we want to thank you all from the bottom of our (robot) heart!
We found out that we have an amazing group of TinEye fans in Hungary at the Stock.Xchng forum, lead by photographer Cris DeRaud. It is great for us to see TinEye helping photographers locate how and where their images are being used!
In their words: “This is something really mind blowing. We are probably witnessing the development of a technology which is going to be used at a regular basis by people like us.” Amen!
Popping over to the British Isles, we heard from David Hoffmann of the Editorial Photographers United Kingdom and Ireland, who said “This is very impressive…this is a real breakthrough.” We could not agree more!
Photographer Robert Kneschke, from Germany, used TinEye to find unlicensed copies of his images in his first searches with our little tiny image index. Don’t worry folks: the image index will be growing very soon!
On to Italy where a blogger at Giavasan described TinEye as “a new search engine for images that kicks ass” and said it is “literally a dream come true.” Wow, we feel the same way! We’re glad you liked the simple and intuitive interface, quick search results and the Firefox plug-in too! Grazie, siamo contenti vedere cosi tanto d’interesse nel prodotto!
Susan‘s highlighted some great uses for TinEye and we are greatful: “It has the potential to be hugely useful once coverage is more complete, especially to image producers and their agencies who want to keep tight control on where and how their images are used. Very useful for image purchasers too considering web usage of an image – they could check pretty easily who else is using it and for what purposes to make sure there aren’t any unforeseen and potentially embarrassing overlaps in the same market.”
We want to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts because without you all these long nights would not make sense. Stay tuned for more TinEye goodness to come your way. If you have not requested your TinEye invitation all we have for you is a single question: What – are – you – waiting – for?
- Business News Network (BNN) features TinEye
We were even more excited when they asked us back to do another segment! Leila Boujnane, our CEO, was in studio with Kim Parlee and Andrew Bell on Friday, May 9th to talk about TinEye and the exciting things happening at Idée!
- Spot the iPhone!
Over a year ago Jason Kottke photoshopped a Windows desktop onto an iPhone and posted it on his very popular blog. Yesterday it was spotted on an Australian TV news show. Today, I used TinEye to see if indeed this wonderful photoshopped iPhone (I mean who would not want an iPhone running Windows XP) could be spotted anywhere else. And you guessed it: this little image is famous!
The iPhone running Windows XP is even on eBay for sale!
- 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. 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: