Google Posts New Images Of Hurricane Sandy Superstorm Devastation

Both Google Maps Mania and the Google Earth Blog are reporting that Google has started to post-Sandysatellite imagery showing the destruction in New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. Specifically, via the Google Crisis Map, you can select these areas for post-Sandy Imagery: Beach Haven to Cape May, NJ Spring Lake to Harvey Cedars, NJ Little Assawoman Bay, DE to Assateague Island, MD The satellite images can also be downloaded as a KML file to use with Google Earth. The imagery was captured yesterday (October 31, 2012) by the NOAA-National Geodetic Survey. The Google Crisis [...]


Google Loses Australian Defamation Case, Awaiting Decision On Damages

google-australia-200px Google is awaiting a judge's decision on damages before it decides what to do after losing a defamation case over its search results in Australia. A jury in the supreme court of the Australian state Victoria, ruled Tuesday that Google is liable for defamation because its search results connected the plaintiff, 62-year-old Milorad Trkulja, to phrases such as "Melbourne crime" and showed his photo near images of suspected members of Melbourne's organized crime scene. It's a complicated and strange case that the BBC details well. In short, my summary would go like this: the plaintiff wa [...]


Romney’s “Binders Full Of Women” Takes Over Google Images

binders mitt? I don't know what images were showing up for a "binders full of women" search on Google Images before last night's US presidential debate. But today, they're dominated by a meme started from a comment last night by Republican candidate Mitt Romney. Romney was commenting that he sought to increase the number of women in his cabinet as governor of Massachusetts by asking for more women candidates. As a result, he was delivered "binders full of women" to review. While some are now questioning the story, others are taking part in a new meme, making pictures poking fun at the idea of "binder [...]


Google Search By Image Gets Smarter & Faster

google-image-search-featured Google announced that they have made a few improvements to Search by Image on Google Image search. The improvements include enhancing the best guesses, adding the knowledge graph to image results and adding fresher content to the image search results. Smart Best Guesses For Search By Image Now if you search by image, Google will try to be smarter about the best guess answer they give you. For example, if you uploaded an image of a specific type of flower, previously Google would say it was flower. Now Google will try to guess the type of flower. Here is a picture: Knowle [...]


Google Images Related Searches Now More Visual

Google announced the related search links at the top of the Google Images search results are now visually appealing. You can now mouse over the related search phrase and Google will hover open an image preview of what the first three images look like for that image search query. Here is an example of searching for [greece] and hovering my mouse cursor over the related search phrase [santorini greece]: You can click on the image for a larger preview. Google is rolling this new feature out over the "next few weeks." Related Stories: Google Images Carousel For Tablets & [...]


Google Images Carousel For Tablets & Better Movie Results For Phones

Google announced two new improvements to mobile interfaces. The first is a new look for image results on tablets called the image carousel and the second is better movie results on Android and iPhone devices. Tablet Image Carousel: When you use Google Images on tablet devices including iOS or Android tablet’s browsers, and then click on an image, you will see the new image carousel feature. It is very similar to the smart phone experience from April, where you can swipe through images or click the arrows through images. It is also similar to the feature on the Google iPad app. He [...]


Improved Snippets, Rank Boost For “Official” Pages Among 10 New Google Algorithm Changes

google-algorithm-search-featured Google just posted about ten new algorithm changes it has made to how it shows and ranks search results. These include showing rich snippets more often, improving the quality of snippets, a better way of showing page titles for times when Google ignores the HTML title tag itself and a ranking boost for "official pages," which Google says it can detect better now. Snippets & Page Titles Below are changes related to snippets -- the descriptions that Google shows for web pages -- and page titles. I've quoted from the Google blog post, where that's appropriate and paraphrased in other cases [...]


Don’t Search Google Photos For “Gmail” While At Work

warning-yellow-tape-featured An anonymous reader sent us a tip that searching for [gmail] using the Google "Photos" option will return a lot of pictures of women not fully dressed. I was able to replicate the problem images by going to Google, searching for [gmail], clicking on the "more" option and selecting "Photos," as you can see below: After you click photos, you are presented with many images of women that are not fully pornographic, but most likely not safe for work. Here is an uncensored image: The "Photos" option pulls back images from the Google Picasa photo sharing service, as opposed to the mo [...]


Google Images Improves Relevancy & Quality Algorithm

This week, several webmasters at WebmasterWorld noticed that the results in Google Images seemed to surface the original source of the images more of the time than it did in the past. I wrote about this at the Search Engine Roundtable as Google Images possibly improving their image source detection algorithm, but it is more. A Google spokesperson they have launched a new update for Google Images that improved relevance and quality. Google told me: We've recently launched an update to the algorithm that looks at the relevance and quality of both the webpage and the image to surface [...]


Google Upgrades Image Search: New Recent Image Filter & Old Filters Return

Google has recently been emphasizing current/fresh images in its image search product, and that effort continued today with the announcement of a new time-based filter. And unannounced is the re-appearance of other filters that went missing in Google's recent redesign. Let's start with the new filter: Among the image search filters in the left-side column is a new "Past week" option that surfaces recent photos added to Google's image search index. You can see it at the bottom of this screenshot: Meanwhile, up above that filter are options to filter image by Type (face, photo, clip ar [...]


Disturbing Michelle Obama Image Makes A Case For Facial Recognition In Google’s New Image Search

search-by-image-logo Do you remember that disturbing, Photoshopped image of First Lady Michelle Obama that made big news a couple years ago? It's hard to find now in Google Image Search unless you know exactly what to type into the search box. Type "michelle obama" and you probably won't ever see it. (More on that at the end.) But if you upload the right photo (or wrong photo, as the case may be) of Michelle Obama into Google's new Search By Image tool, that disturbing image shows up front and center among Google's search results. (Note: We've blocked the offending image so as to not give its creators t [...]


Up Close With Google’s Search By Image: Hits, Misses & More

seattle-skyline-google--icon-featured Earlier this week at its Inside Search event, Google announced a new way to search the web called Search By Image. Rather than enter a text query, Search By Image lets you begin your search with an image and Google will (try to) tell you what it is and show visually similar images. Search By Image isn't the first start-with-an-image search engine, and isn't even Google's first version of this kind of search tool. (TinEye has offered reverse image search since May 2008, and Google Goggles was Google's first search-by-image tool back in 2009.) But Google is the big and new kid on the block, s [...]


Google Voice Search & Search By Image Comes To Desktops

Screen shot 2011-06-14 at 2.00.55 PM Mobile innovation is fueling Google's search offerings for the desktop, as the company today announced two new search interfaces -- Voice and Image -- inspired by mobile Voice Search and Google Goggles, respectively. With Voice Search for the desktop, which is a feature of the Chrome browser, users click a microphone icon in the search box, and then speak into their computer's microphone. Part of the idea, according to Google execs speaking at a media event in San Francisco, is to make voice search ubiquitous and increase awareness, to increase adoption. Already, mobile speech inputs t [...]


Google Gives You More Images, If You Ask Nicely

The Google Search Blog announced two new user interface changes for image results on the Google web search results. Google has added a larger thumbnail image when you hover your cursor over image and Google will show more images when Google can detect your search intent asks for it. For example, a search for [flowers] returns these results and when you hover over an image, it expands: But when you search for [flower images] you many many more images: You can trigger the web results to show more images by adding keywords like "photos", "pictures", and "images" to a query. R [...]


Google Images Adds Subject Sorting Option

Google announced you can now sort Google Images by subject. To see this in action, go to Google Images, conduct a search and look on the left hand side for the search option. Directly under the "More" link, you will find the default sort option set to "by relevance," click on the "Sort by subject." The results will then shift and group images by subject topic. In the example above, a search for [london] images sorted by subject gives me topics such as london eye, london big ben, london bridge and so on. Personally, I do not see this sorting option yet, but I will soon. Google [...]


Google Images Now Showing Fresh Images Within Hours

Google Images is now showing fresher images for search results that are trending and/or news related. For example, if you search for [schwartzel masters] in Google Images, you will find tons of images from the golf tournament yesterday. They are all fresh images, mostly pulled from news sources, mostly time stamped with phrases such as "3 hours ago," and so on. Here is a picture: Google has labeled fresh web search results with "X minutes or hours ago" for years now. But this is the first time I have seen Google do so with Google Images. Hat tip to @KeriMorgret for spotting t [...]


New: Google Improves Similar Image Search Filter

Google has made improvements to the similar images filter they added back in 2009. Google explained the improvements include: Fresher similar image results More comprehensive results for similar filters Support for site command on similar filters Here is a screen shot of one of the results: To access this yourself, go to Google Images, search for something and hover over the image. There should be a link that reads "similar," click on it to get similar images. Erik and Jeff from the Google team said in a post: Today we’re announcing an update to Similar Images, the [...]


Google Not Planning To Release Mobile Face Recognition: Update

Contrary to what I reported earlier based on a seemingly very credible CNN report, Google is not planning to release a version of its mobile app Goggles with face recognition technology. Google has had the capability for several years but so far refrained from putting it out in the world other than on Picasa. I spoke to Google at some length and a spokesperson said that the CNN piece was based on totally inaccurate conjuncture. That speculation was in turn based on an interview with a Google engineer Hartmut Neven taken out of context. The Google spokesperson said that Google wouldn't pu [...]


Google Earth Shows Before & After Images Of Japan Earthquake And Tsunami

Google has captured a bunch of new satellite imagery that shows the devastation of the 8.9 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. You can see those images in Picasa or on Google Earth with a KML file (Japan Earthquake and Tsunami). Separately Google has set up a "people finder" for those still missing in Japan. It also offers a "crisis response" page with news, emergency resources and updates. You can also donate there directly to the Japanese Red Cross. [...]


Google Image Search Adds SVG Filter & Google Displays Satellite & Terrain Maps

Google's weekend update includes two new recent updates for Google Search and Image Search. (1) Google Image Search added an SVG image search filter. Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) graphics are scalable graphics that can be used in many ways. Google began indexing and crawling SVG files in September 2010. Then Google began ranking those file types in the results but not until recently did Google offer a filter option. Now, if you search Google Images on the bottom left there should be a filter for the SVG filetype. (2) Google Maps on Google's web search results can now show satel [...]


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