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TinEye: the ‘go to’ search engine for images

TinEye fan Jeff left us a quick note to let us know that he spied TinEye in action over on Digg.  The post in question – Awesome Spaghetti Junction, what city is this? – included the image below and the simple question:

What city is this?

How can you find out more about an image such as this one when the image is all you have? Simple. Use TinEye.com. TinEye is the only search engine able to find your exact image in over a billion images crawled from the web.

Digg user ka9dgx used TinEye to find the image in a National Geographic Traveler story about Bangkok, Thailand.   TinEye also located the original image titled “The Veins of Bangkok” on Flickr, just one of the 26 different instances of this image found on the web.

And who took this shot? Trey Ratcliff, a part-time photographer that I first learned about back in August when I wrote this post about Copyright and Creative Commons.  You can see more of Trey’s amazing images by visiting his blog Stuck in Customs.

Click the image below to try the TinEye search yourself and discovery where else Trey’s image has travelled online.  Still need to get your TinEye account? Grab one here.

Image: Trey Ratcliff


I have been following this blog for a while, and always read posts about how some random image was tracked to its origins, but I happen to have one that defied my research. The image is rather amusing, so if anyone can help track it down, I’d appreciate :) here’s the link to the tineye search: http://tineye.com/search/a8b4c6697f3fa20634866b61adbe104bf1eb29df

Waldir October 14, 2008 at 4:26 pm

by the way, it would be a nice feature to have an option to hide blog and forum results (even just detecting those that have ‘forum’ or ‘thread’ in the url). These pages often pollute the results while usually offering little to no information about the source of the images…

Waldir October 14, 2008 at 4:33 pm

I wanted to sign up the moment i find out about your engine. unfortunately i get this message at sign up: This reCAPTCHA key isn’t authorized for the given domain..

I hope youll be able to fix this soon…

best regards

arturo October 19, 2008 at 10:00 am

@Arturo: we are looking into the error message you encountered and will get back to you directly. Thanks.

Leila Boujnane October 22, 2008 at 7:48 am