- 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.
- TinEye index update
- 2B. 2B. 2B.
I am sure that our TinEye fans already noticed that we crossed our 2 billion image goal. We have been so busy we did not see the numbers flip! We added close to 25 million images to the TinEye index, bringing our index to 2,013,406,246! We will be celebrating in the ideeplex with some awesome table tennis – the team is competitive – and great beers and tacos! But don’t worry, we will be planning a 2 billion TinEye image party very soon. And you are invited!
We are also working on our TinEye Image Contributor beta. This is an XML based protocol that will allow webmasters to create a TinEye readable XML imagemap for their content. Stay tuned for details on Monday. We are excited about this release as it will allow image centric websites to point us to their content to add to the TinEye index. Our goal as always is to make sure that each image out there is linked to its creator.
In the meantime: happy searching!
[Photograph (c) Kevin Dooley]
- 2 billion image index is almost here!
We have added 29.7 million images to the TinEye index bringing us very close to 2 billion images. We are just 16 million shy of the 2 billion image goal! Next stop 5 billion images!
- TinEye Android
TinEye fans: we released an update to our TinEye Android App. We first want to thank you all for the great feedback you have been sending our way. Much appreciated since we don’t have access to all the potential handsets to possibly test on. So we have heard that our app works on the following devices if you have one of these, give it a try and let us know:
- HTC Desire HD 2.2.1
- HTC Desire 2.2
- HTC Nexus One 2.2-2.3.4
- HTC Evo v2.1-update and 2.2
- LG GT540 CyanogenMod7
- Milestone CyanogenMod7 2.3.3
- Motorola Droid 2.3.3
This latest 1.1 version includes a bug fix where the photo taken with a phone camera was uploaded to TinEye in landscape mode instead of portrait mode in some phones.
As always we would love to hear from you! Say hi!
[Photograph by Paul Downey]
- Tiny TinEye update
Hey TinEye fans, we have been extremely busy wrapping up our image alerts release – which you shall be seeing soon – and re architecting so our image index update is tiny this time around: 4.7 million images to bring up our index to 1,958,654,947. Happy searching and enjoy your summer! The snow has melted in Toronto and Zazie, our TinEye HQ dog is looking forward to enjoying her popsicles again.
- TinEye IE addon
We have updated our TinEye Internet Exporer addon. Our TinEye IE addon already gave our IE users snappy single click searching so what improvements did we make? Well, bug fixes that were bothering our TinEye fans! We:
- Fixed a bug where the plugin sometimes failed to work for images from a Google image search in IE8
- Added better handling of background images
- Fixed a bug where our plugin failed to work when searching off a TinEye search result image
This TinEye IE addon is compatible with IE9 as well.
And another 12 million images were added to the TinEye index at the end of last week ( and we forgot to tell you!) and today another 12 million images bringing the TinEye image index to 1,918,458,529. Happy searching!
[photograph by Neal]
- TinEye update
[Photograph (c) Umberto Salvagin]