- We like to Wordle
We love new, cool web toys here at the idéeplex. Have you tried out Wordle?
Wordle is a website that generates “word clouds” from text that you provide. Plan to set aside some time, it’s addictive (kind of like searching images on TinEye)!
Check out our TinEye Wordles.
If you have a cool Wordle leave us a comment to share it. Don’t forget to tell us about your cool TinEye searches too!
Still need a TinEye account? Pop over and request an invite.
Happy Weekend TinEye fans!
- TinEye’s “Cool Searches” – now with extra “cool”!
One of the really fun things about TinEye is coming across a surprising search that makes you say “Wow, this so cool!”
It can be a bit of a contest here at the Idéeplex, finding the most interesting results using our very nifty image search engine.
TinEye has a “Cool Searches” page that showcases some of the interesting TinEye searches we’ve come across in our travels around the web. We’ve just updated it to show you some of the most interesting versions of the images we found and to make it easier for you to replicate the search too!
Click on any of the images to see them up close. You’ll need a TinEye account to try out these searches yourself. Don’t forget to sign up!
From Uncle Sam to Hello Kitty to Buzz walking on the moon, TinEye is finding awesome variations and amazingly creative edits to the images.
We have introduced the ability for TinEye fans to submit a cool search when you find one, so we will be featuring some of these searches right here and on the TinEye cool search page. When you come across a cool search let us know by clicking on ‘Recommend as a Cool Search’ next to your query image. We review every submission we get.
Have an image that you think might make the cut but don’t have a TinEye account yet? Sign up.
Stay ‘cool’ TinEye fans, lots of exciting news coming your way soon!
- Jim Goldstein interviews Leila Boujnane for EXIF and Beyond podcast
Catch our CEO talking all about the exciting features coming down the pipe for TinEye on EXIF and Beyond with Jim Goldstein. Jim is an independent photographer specializing in landscape, travel, nature and event photography. He also produces the informative and engaging EXIF and Beyond podcast and shares insights on photography and the photo industry on his blog.
TinEye has only been in a private beta for just over a month but it has “captured the attention and imagination of the photographic community” says Jim.
Have a listen to find out about the future direction of TinEye, our “groundbreaking image search engine”.
Download the episode:EXIF and Beyond: Leila Boujnane
For the non-iTune listeners: a streaming version of Jim’s podcast can be accessed here.
Don’t have a TinEye account yet? Head over and request an invite!
- Always improving!
Our awesome developers have been super-busy rolling out the latest TinEye tweaks and updates. Thanks to our community for sharing all your suggestions, we’re listening!
We’ve made quite a few changes here and there, some you might have noticed, some are behind the scenes but all of them are going to help make your TinEye experience even better!
We’ll keep posting updates to let you know what we’ve been up to, check back soon for more!
Here are just a few of the recent changes:
- Redesigned the main search page to feature a combined image upload and URL searches instead of the original tabs.
- A little extra help for folks installing the Firefox plugin – we added more information about what it is and detailed instructions about how to install.
- We added the TinEye video to the login page – we know a lot of you are Amber Mac fans!
- You’ll now see the Terms of Service on the login page and included in the registration process.
- We’ve added an image upload how-to page, just in case you have any problems.
- You can now submit a description with your Cool Search submissions to let us know why you think it’s cool.
And what is next for TinEye?
(hint: The first word is ‘bigger’ and the second is ‘index’! Stay tuned, it’s coming soon!)
** Photos – Jennifer
- TinEye gets an Internet Explorer plug-in!
And what have you been asking us for? An IE plug-in to allow you to search using TinEye with a right-click option, just like the one TinEye already has for Firefox… we’ve been listening and now your IE plug-in is here!
TinEye allows you to search the web for images in one of three ways:
1. Upload an image from your computer
2. Point to an image that is already on the web (via a url)
3. Install the TinEye browser plugin for Firefox or IE, so you can right-click on any web image to search it
TinEye instantly analyzes your query image to create a compact little digital signature or ‘fingerprint’ for it and then searches for your image on the web by comparing its fingerprint to the fingerprint of every single other image in the TinEye search index. Cool!
We hope that all our fans out there that are IE users enjoy the new TinEye plug-in. Now you can merrily right-click all the images you want to TinEye!
Enough talking? Off you go then, download the plug-in (you’ll have to sign into TinEye first).
As always, if you have any comments, questions or even more suggestions send’em on over to tineyefeedback[at]ideeinc.com.
- Alistair from Peapod designs a little TinEye for us!
Our bon ami, branding and web designer Alistair Morton from Peapod Studios, sent us some very fun TinEye graphics and we just love them Alistair, you rock! As most of you know the Ideeplex is fond of robots (and candies).
This little TinEye and his mug of java is ready to go to work. Fits right in with the ideeplex crew: could not imagine starting a day without a great cup of coffee. I just wish he paid a bit more attention to his mug! What’s with all the coffee spilling. This little robot is going to have to learn that compute clusters, keyboards and mega servers don’t mix well with coffee.
That said: our adventures branding TinEye and coming up with a character we are going to fall in love with have just started. We want you to adore our little robot. To fall heads over heels over him. Send him fan mail and cookies. TinEye loves cookies. Chocolate cookies. Oh cookies…
Watching Alistair doodle and come up with creative little robots is fascinating. I, for one, have not a creative bone in my body. All I could do is draw polka dots! And only black and white ones at that. Sad, I know but… hey I make a mean chocolate cake and that should count for something.
Here is Alistair’s latest doodle. I think that’s what he calls them but we are amazed. TinEye is certainly enjoying all the attention he can get. This little boy is growing. He can’t wait to tell us about the new bigger index that’s coming up very very soon.
- Your Monday TinEye Report!
A huge thank you to all the folks out there talking about TinEye! Here are just a few of our favourites…
“I am a born cynic, but after putting TinEye to the test with some of my photos I’ve quickly become a believer…” says professional photographer Jim Goldstein in his post Who Is Stealing Your Photos Online? He goes on to state “Although Google is the 800 pound gorilla of search they’ve been beat to the punch by Idée Inc.”
James O’Rear, an American photographer living in England, captured how we feel about TinEye perfectly in his post TinEye: Coolest Thing on the Planet. “ARE YOU WHOOPING AND HOLLERING YET?!?!?!?!?!?” Yep James, we know exactly how you feel!
This week’s winner of the ‘best cool searches’ award goes to Yogendra, who has an amazing selection of cool TinEye searches on the blog Being Yogendra. In Yogendra’s words “too much to handle for me… can’t imagine how it can pull something like this…”
Your globe search was awesome! 806 results searched from over 487 million images in 0.331 seconds!!
- TinEye gets Popular! Popular Photography magazine, that is!
What do you use TinEye for? The folks at PopPhoto covered a number of great TinEye uses from historical research to brand tracking to “good old-fashioned curiosity”. We have a lot of that last one at the idéeplex!
PopPhoto states “Idée’s goal with TinEye is quite simple: to be the image search engine.”
Exactly! With over 12,500 users registered in under a month, an index soon to tip past one billion images and many exciting new features in the works, we’re well on our way. Thanks everyone for your incredible support and feedback! Stay tuned as we start featuring some of our TinEye community fans and their TinEye uses.
Has TinEye helped you lately? Let us know!
- 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.