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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 fromĀ 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.





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TinEye Blog » Blog Archive » TinEye Updates October 14, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Great idea! But, in the mean time, and for images that may never be submitted, how about allowing us to sort the search results by file date? I know it’s not the most reliable method, but it’s better than nothing. Thank you for reading! –AF

Ariel Frailich February 13, 2012 at 2:12 pm