oh @99designs you are so funny! One of our TinEye fans mentioned that a design being considered for a 99Designs contest used our TinEye mascot, and dropping by the 99Designs contest page here is what we see:
Now: does that little robot look familiar to you? Reminds me of… let me guess… the TinEye Robot!
We are really excited that this @99designs designer was so inspired by our TinEye robot: I mean our robot is awesome and we get that but for @99designs not to remove the design from the contest? That’s just insane. Here is the @99designs response we received once the design was reported:
The infringing design has now been taken down by @99designs.
It has been a busy week at the TinEye HQ: have you seen our latest release? The TinEye Imagemaps! Go ahead and get your images index, we are currently giving priority to large stock photography and creative commons archives but we appreciate your feedback, so give it a try. We added 12 million images to the TinEye index today and also updated the TinEye Android release. This TinEye Android release 1.2 includes a bug fix for the Samsung Galaxy S. Happy Friday TinEye fans!
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.
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]
The Franco-German TV channel Arte has launched a new project called Picture This!
This is an awesome series of interviews with photographers. The photographers interviewed answer a series of 10 questions with images rather than words. Very up our alley and superbly creative. Our favourites include:
Slava Mogutin and Oliver Görnandt.
Go ahead and try answering the 10 questions with your photographs.
TinEye is heading to Vancouver. We will be co-hosting HackVAN an API HackDAY on Saturday August 20, 2011 in the Vancouver Mozilla office. And we will be bringing our awesome multicolor and visual search APIs.
And you too can join us. Sign up to participate.
HackVAN brings developers together for an all-day hackathon to build great applications with the available and supported APIs. Developers of all experience levels are welcome. Please come to build an new application, finish the application you have been thinking about for months, find a partner to start building your application (perhaps the start of a new venture) or simply to share ideas with other developers.
Your admission provides you with breakfast, lunch, snacks, beers and of course the opportunity to win some awesome prizes provided your application excites our HackVAN judges!
HackVAN will follow the standard HackDays event format: we will start at 9 AM so join us for coffee and to listen to the API presentations, then start building your great application in a team or by yourself . At the end of the day, each team will present their application, and the judges will select the winners and award the HackVAN prizes. Over $4,000 in prizes.
HackVAN is brought to you by: Context.IO, FreshBooks, Mozilla, Shopify, Twilio, YellowPages, TinEye. And you will be able to work with their APIs during HackVAN.
- When: Vancouver, Saturday August 20, 2011
- Where: Mozilla Vancouver, 163 West Hastings Street, Suite 200- Vancouver
- Time: 9 AM to 6 PM
- Registration: is now open
If you want to schedule some time with our developers at HackVAN, send an email to hi (at) tineye.com and we will get you set up!
Tweet about it using #hackvan