- TinEye Status
Update: 3:13 PM. All is back to normal. Happy searching!
11:50 AM Status
TinEye is experiencing intermittent problems today. We are aware of the issue and are working to resolve it. You can still search the TinEye index however you may encounter an occasional server error as we are dealing with server issues. Thanks for your patience. This will be fixed shortly.
- Toronto Startup Index
Our favourite Toronto startups are at the top of the Toronto Startup Index!
- 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.
- 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 Opera Extension
Opera fans rejoice! The official TinEye Opera extension is here. So go ahead, download it, give us your feedback and keep your reviews coming. Would love to see this TinEye extension get as featured as the FireFox TinEye extension! Opera fans: go download your extension now!
HOW TO USE THIS EXTENSION
To use the extension, simply click the TinEye ‘T’ icon in your Opera toolbar. Select the image that you would like to search from the popup window. Results are displayed for you at tineye.com.
To set extension preferences go to Extensions > Manage Extensions in the Opera menu bar. Locate ‘TinEye Reverse Image search’ in the extensions list and click on the wrench icon > Preferences. From here you can:
* Set sort order preference
* Open searches in background or foreground tab
We are always listening, so drop us an email with any feedback, requests, kudos or send us cookies! And by the way, Opera still does not support right click searching and we know how much all our fans want it for their Opera plugin. We are waiting for the next release to see if it supports it. Thanks for giving the TinEye plugin a twirl!
You can check out all our other plugins as well. Perhaps you use more than one browser?
- TinEye is looking for an awesome System Administrator!
So have you got what it takes to be part of the amazing tiny TinEye team? We work on big image search projects. We beat the search giant(s) with our little reverse image search engine! Join us if hardware is your hard core passion, system administration your dream job and working with a tiny dedicated team your cup of tea. We work (super) hard and play hard. We are INSANE about image search.
So Who Are You?
You are an experienced system administrator. You are used to working with Linux compute clusters, servers and databases. You thrive in a startup environment and enjoy being part of a fast paced problem solving oriented team. You analyze problems carefully and have solid testing practices. You are not afraid of fire fighting, and know how to use a firehose!
Your Perl, Python and shell scripting skills are solid. You are a hardware fanatic and have a strong sense of ownership.
In this role you must be able to handle remote troubleshooting and be on-call.
- Support our development team and our image search products particularly TinEye
- Be involved in every facet of our cluster management including onsite machines and co-located servers in downtown Toronto
- Manage server selections, purchasing and roll out
- Work primarily with Linux and also some Windows system administration, configuration, troubleshooting and building systems from components.
- Fine tune systems, installation and upgrades of server OS and workstations (Ubuntu, SuSE, Debian and Windows)
- Manage all networking requirements and router configuration
What you will need to have:
- BA/BS in CS or related field, or equivalent experience (a degree is not a requirement)
- Experience with Linux systems administration
- Sharp analytical abilities
- Sense of ownership, urgency and drive
- Troubleshooting experience
- Desire to learn new technical skills as required
- Excellent communication and documentation skills
- Demonstrated fanatical passion for your work
- Experience with cluster management/monitoring systems (Nagios/Cacti/Ganglia)
How to Apply to be Considered
If you are interested in applying for the above position and working with us, please send your resume, a cover letter highlighting relevant experience and past projects to hi (at) tineye.com Whenever possible, please include links to past work or examples.
[Photograph: Google First Production Server by Steve Jurvetson]
- When a tech giant decides to eat your lunch!
TinEye pioneered the world of search by images. Before Google. And we will continue doing exactly that. With focus. And you know what’s even more awesome? Every single day we show up to work, we are working on something that we are insanely passionate and committed to and that’s image search. Every single day. Including weekends. And vacations. Yes we are a tiny team, yes we don’t have the $$ that Google has at its disposition. But pause for a second here and think about the following: we accomplished what many deemed the impossible: large scale reverse image search with a tiny TinEye team. Tiny.
So, don’t be writing TinEye’s obituary yet. And by the way: “if there are no big boys [in your market] – you’re probably in the wrong market”.
So go build something awesome and stop worrying about TinEye.
- 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?
- 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.