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
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!
Which led to:
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?
You probably did not know that TinEye was based in Canada? Yes, we call Canada our home and tomorrow is Canada Day. Happy Canada day to all our TinEye fans. Now, let’s see how much you really know about Canada and take MacLean’s little difficult Canada Quiz. Let us know your score for a chance to win a TinEye t-shirt! No cheating!
[Photograph (c) Paul Jerry]
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]
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.