- New TinEye Feature: Contributor Ranking
We have been hard at work on a number of TinEye feature we will be releasing in the coming weeks and months – never a dull moment at TinEye HQ!
Today we are rolling out our TinEye Contributor feature: if an image you search for is a match with an image which was contributed to the TinEye index, it will be displayed at the top of the search results.
If there are multiple contributor matches, the sort order of the contributor images will be the same as your selected search order for TinEye. So if, for example, you have selected the Best Match sort order, all the contributors images will be sorted Best Match first.
And when there is more than one contributor image match – as in the case below – the contributor image matches are group and will need to be expanded.
Why is this sort order important? Because it will:
- help you find out if the image you are searching for is a stock photo (available for licensing for example)
- put a creators details at your fingertip
- facilitate attribution (did you know that Obama’s picture above was shot by Keith Bedford and that his coverage of Obama’s campaign was AWESOME?)
We are continuing to add images to the TinEye index by crawling and accepting large image submissions. If you are interested in having your image collection included in the TinEye index, then you need to learn about our TinEye Imagemap requirements. We would love to hear from you hi (at) tineye.com
So happy searching fans!
- Image Sleuthing the French way
in English (loosely translated): For example, to find out if the photograph of the homeless person used by Marine Le Pen comes from a stock photo site, use TinEye. Advice that Marine Le Pen – president of the Front National (France) should have been aware of before launching her campaign. Thanks Alexandre Léchenet and Laurent Lucas.
Laurent Lucas is a journalist for “Le Grand Journal” at Canal+ but he is also a bit of a photo sleuth. He maintains a tumblr blog where he documents his sleuthing! He spotted that the homeless man taking center stage in the Front National pamphlet is neither homeless, nor French but rather a stock photo.
- Imitation is the highest form of flattery?
oh @99designs you are so funny! One of our TinEye fans mentioned that a design being considered for a 99Designs contest used our TinEye mascot, and dropping by the 99Designs contest page here is what we see:
Now: does that little robot look familiar to you? Reminds me of… let me guess… the TinEye Robot!
We are really excited that this @99designs designer was so inspired by our TinEye robot: I mean our robot is awesome and we get that but for @99designs not to remove the design from the contest? That’s just insane. Here is the @99designs response we received once the design was reported:
The infringing design has now been taken down by @99designs.
- TinEye Updates
It has been a busy week at the TinEye HQ: have you seen our latest release? The TinEye Imagemaps! Go ahead and get your images index, we are currently giving priority to large stock photography and creative commons archives but we appreciate your feedback, so give it a try. We added 12 million images to the TinEye index today and also updated the TinEye Android release. This TinEye Android release 1.2 includes a bug fix for the Samsung Galaxy S. Happy Friday TinEye fans!
- 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.
- CP24 NEWS Y U NO CHECK PHOTO SOURCE!
Hat tip to our TinEye fan @adamgoucher for this little gem:
The little article he is referring to is the article that CP24 News in Toronto released this morning about thunderstorms and hail warning for our city: Toronto. Turns out the “lightning seen in this file photo” is well, lightning allright but not anywhere close to Toronto, not even Canada! ooops! That photo title should read “Night thunderstorm in Kiev” from stock.xchng. TinEye strikes again?
- Giving credit: always credit your source
A few weeks ago I came across Pia, Erin and Yvette‘s Giving Credit poster. I can’t tell you how excited I was because that’s something that is on our minds constantly – except that we sometimes call it “attribution”. I believe attribution is the web currency. Content creators want attribution and in an ideal world it should be straight forward for content users to give credit where it is due – every time. But that’s hardly the reality we have today. So this Give Credit poster is an awesome resource. Study it and give credit! Love that TinEye is part of the solution!
- Let’s say you have gone back in time…
Nice one. Okay. We’re going to assume that you’re on earth and you can read English. So far, so good. But how can you build all the amenities of tomorrow when you’re stuck in the past? Don’t worry your poster has this one covered.
and that pretty much sums up why I love TinEye! I had forgotten about Ryan North‘s fantastic Tshirt until I read BiteTheByte blog post. Incidentally Ryan and Dan also love TinEye. Thanks guys! I am now going to order the poster!
- TinEye now accepting image collection submissions
TinEye has just one goal in life: To connect images and information. Whether that means finding the original author of an image, finding out where an image has been used on the web, or finding out more information about an image in general, TinEye wants to help you find the information you’re looking for. And the bigger our database of images, the better!
We have been crawling the web relentlessly over the past several months. In October ’09 we grew by 21.5 million images. In November we grew by 22.5 million images. In December we leaped up another 65 million images. And in January alone we’ve added 44 million images and the month is not over yet!
In addition to our regular web crawling, we have started adding entire specialized image collections. Last week we announced the addition of the iStockphoto and Photoshelter stock photo collections to TinEye. Why? Because we want to make it easy to attribute any stock image to its original author, and facilitate sales. And we plan to add new and different specialized image collections over the coming weeks and months. Maybe even yours?
So… calling all companies dealing with large image collections on the web! TinEye is officially accepting your image collection submissions. Here are some of the things we are looking for:
- Stock and editorial photography collections
- Art and illustration collections
- Product image indexes and catalogs
- Archival or historical image collections
- You tell us!
If you are an image provider or deal with large image collections as a part of your business–and if you want more people connecting with your images–then we want to hear from you! Preference will be given to collections containing over 1 million images, and to companies with an existing image management and delivery procedure.
To add your image collection to TinEye, please contact us. Help us connect your images to you!