- TinEye: now searching 900 million images!
That’s right folks, we just added another 200 million images to TinEye (give or take a few million). Now you can search over 900,000,000 images in real time, comparing any image against our index of almost one billion images crawled from the web.
What does this mean for you, TinEye searcher? More matches!
Let’s try out a few example searches using the same images I used in an earlier blog post. Just a little over a month ago (when the index was a tad over 700 million images) we took a look at some well known pictures from across the web to see how many of them TinEye could find. Now we can try those searches again to see what kind of results will we get after adding almost a quarter of a billion more images to the index.
For starters, let’s try Gerard Butler and his well know shot from the movie 300. Originally we found 526 results, with our bigger index TinEye locates 672 results with some interesting new edits. Try the TinEye search.
Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez was also a popular image, coming in at 277 results. With our updated index of over 901 million images, the Las Meninas search turns up 313 results now. Try the TinEye search.
To learn more about TinEye, the world’s first image search engine, you can read the TinEye FAQ or head over to TinEye.com and register your account to start searching right away. Don’t forget to let us know what you think.
- Battle Logo
So I happened upon a discussion about what logo was most popular online and wondered what the results would be if I did a search for major brands and their logos using TinEye. Battle Logo, begin!
From the 30 odd logos I searched, one stood above them all for online representation (within TinEye‘s index of over 700,000,000 images, that is).
#10 Apple (with 204 results)
#9 American Express (with 225 results)
#8 Ferrari (with 409 results)
#6 Coke (with 523 results)
#5 Starbucks (with 766 results)
#4 Volkswagon (with 781 results)
#3 HP (with 957 results)
#2 Wikipedia (with exactly 1000 results)
and the #1 logo?
YouTube (with 1081 results)
(Yes, this has no statistical validity…but it sure was fun! Found a better logo for the #1 spot? Let us know!)
Update: Stu sent us an email to let us know that the Firefox logo was way ahead of YouTube, checking in at 1366 results. Nice search. Google is still in the lead, as pointed out by Leila in our comments. Which logo will beat Google’s hefty 6479?
- Being BOSSed around
Last month Yahoo! Search BOSS launched and since then there have been plenty of folks taking advantage of the BOSS APIs & services to product some very interesting search products. The team at Yahoo! say:
By providing deep access to Yahoo! Search’s investment in engineering, sciences and core search infrastructure and removing key usage restrictions, we are encouraging a whole new level of innovation in search experiences. We are very excited to see the diversity in products that many of you have already created.
I came across a few apps today that you might also enjoy, 123People.com is a lot of fun and I was quite impressed with their results (have a look). Vik Singh’s BOSSy Q&A is also pretty snazzy and quite amusing too, and oh yes, made with just 50 lines of code. Singh’s insider’s view on BOSS is an interesting read as well.
Yahoo! recently listed some of the most exciting apps that have been built on the BOSS search platform, here are a few of their picks below.
NewsLine — As part of the Daylife Developer Challenge, the folks from Dipity built a mashup using their timeline API, Daylife’s news API and the BOSS API. The result is a really interesting way to visualize news for any topic. Congrats to the Dipity team on winning the BOSS mashup prize!
Tianamo — Tianamo is a 3D search visualization early prototype built by Lachlan James. It maps the relationships between the search results from the BOSS API and displays them visually. To check it out, you’ll need to be running Windows with Java 1.6+.
You can check out more BOSS mashups here.
- See what the world is searching for
Inside Google Insights for Search: some awesome data on search term traffic. If you have not dropped by: don’t during working hours, you will have a hard time prying yourself from your screen. Here is a an example chart for cloud computing:
Interest over time:
- On the subject of search: the Petabyte Age
From Chris Anderson the editor in chief of Wired: Sixty years ago, digital computers made information readable. Twenty years ago, the Internet made it reachable. Ten years ago, the first search engine crawlers made it a single database. Now Google and like-minded companies are sifting through the most measured age in history, treating this massive corpus as a laboratory of the human condition. They are the children of the Petabyte Age.
[...] The new availability of huge amounts of data, along with the statistical tools to crunch these numbers, offers a whole new way of understanding the world. Correlation supersedes causation, and science can advance even without coherent models, unified theories, or really any mechanistic explanation at all.
Welcome to cloud computing and the world of correlations.
- TinEye: Image Search Top Dog!
John Conroy’s 75 Bleeding-Edge Search Engines To Beat Google puts TinEye in the “Top Dog” slot for Image and Photo Search Engines, saying “this thing is gonna be big, boys and girls.”
- Stock Photo Help Desk Lady
It seems like data room lady has a challenger.
Help desk lady is busy! She works for so many companies… impressive!
While she is no competition for Everywhere Girl, it’s still pretty amazing how popular this image is.
Here are some snaps of her at work.
- Taking the lead in visual search
- Search Engines for Librarians (and the rest of us)
Laura Milligan’s list of 50 Awesome Search Engines Every Librarian Should Know About is a handy resource, and not just for librarians.
Nicely organized into sub-groups such as Meta Search and Multi Search, Multimedia and Interactive, Great Niche Sites for Librarians, Custom/Reference searches and more, the post introduced me to many sites I’d never heard of.
- Meanwhile, somewhere in the East… a TinEye story
Scott Liddell scored a TinEye beta invitation yesterday and I have to say, he has some lovely finds. Using TinEye, Scott searched for his images in our index of over 700 million images and came up with some surprising results!
Scott shares on his blog:
I think I might end up playing with TinEye for hours.
Nice searches Scott, thanks for sharing your TinEye story.
* Images Scott Liddell