Find Cat Pictures Quicker: Imgur Rolls Out A New Look With Advanced Image Search

Imgur The wildly popular image host, Imgur, has new duds and some powerful search tools that can help users identify viral images quicker than ever. Thanks to new image tagging, advanced search, Imgur may become a platform in which users frequent first, rather than find via a social posting. The first thing to notice to the new look  Imgur is the opening filter that allows users to sort by a variety of attributes including virality, time, points and popularity. Images are then displayed as thumbnails with scoring and comments appearing upon a hover. The biggest change that could do wonder [...]

Flickr Makes Creative Commons Image Search Easier

flickr-cc-search Flickr has quietly rolled out a change to its search interface that makes it a lot easier to find images that are licensed through Creative Commons. There's a new "License" dropdown menu that shows at the top of the search results page, as shown above. It brings Creative Commons search filters right to the user, including "Commercial use allowed" and "Modifications allowed." Publishers and content marketers often rely on these kinds of images to supplement articles and marketing materials. Before the new dropdown, Creative Commons searching was only available through Flickr's Advance [...]

Pinterest Releases Guided Search, A Visual Discovery Tool For Mobile Devices

pinterest-search-600 Pinterest wants to help its users find what they are looking for even if they don't know what exactly that is. The company's solution, Guided Search, is a predictive search engine powered by social curation. Announced last night at Pinterest's San Francisco headquarters, Guided Search was presented by CEO Ben Silbermann as a breakthrough for people exploring Pinterest, "the world's largest human created collection of things." Regular search is great — the most amazing invention, Silbermann said — but it's best for answering specific questions. Users of Pinterest need something be [...]

Search Your Own “Pins” On Pinterest

pinterest-search-featured Pinterest announced a new, useful search feature that allows you to filter your search results to just your own Pins. You can now search for images that you've pinned and filter out all the other search results from other users of Pinterest. Can't remember an image you've uploaded? Just search for it and Pinterest should locate it for you. Pinterest's Software Engineer, Hui Xu said this is designed to help you "rediscover stuff you’ve pinned." This is rolling out now, although I personally do not see it yet. Pinterest also promises to enable this search feature on mobile "soon." [...]

Sorry, BuzzFeed: Pinterest Isn’t A Better Search Engine Than Google

Pinterest I went on a BuzzFeed diet about a month ago, where I stopped following the site and reading the content there. I should have stuck to it, because I wouldn't be wasting my time now dissecting one of its stupid, pageview-baiting stories. In this one, Pinterest is positioned as a better search engine than Google. The story runs through 10 examples illustrating how Pinterest "beats" Google "nine out of ten times." But despite the headline, these aren't examples of Pinterest being a better search engine than Google. They're examples of Pinterest supposedly being a better image search engine than [...]

Baidu Testing Facial Recognition Search; Similar To Google’s “Search By Image”

baidu-logo The most popular search engine in China, Baidu, is reportedly working on a new image search feature for facial recognition. Searchers can upload an image of a face and Baidu will try to return other photos of the same person, with information on the name of the person. There are reports that the feature works well with celebrities but not unknown or not-well known people. I tested this with my own image and it does return a match for me. Google does have a similar feature named Search By Image that has been around since June of 2011. Google also does have a feature in Google+ named [...]

Bing’s Image Search Gets A New Look, Updated Features

bing-logo Bing has updated its image search today with a new look and some tweaks to its search and discovery features. The first thing you'll notice, aside from the fact that puppies are really cute, is the tight tile-based layout that Pinterest often gets credited for making popular in the past year or so. Both Flickr and Yahoo have recently rolled out similar layouts -- Yahoo, in fact, rolled out a very similar look and feel just yesterday. Image search on Bing has also been updated to the minimalist user interface that launched in early May. There are also bigger thumbnails and a [...]

Four Seriously Cool Information Resources

As a librarian, researcher and frequent blogger, I'm constantly coming across incredibly useful online information resources that are most effectively searched using their own site search tools, rather than relying on general-purpose engines to surface their valuable content. I plan to start writing about these on a regular, ongoing basis, using a bullet-point format that highlights the most useful features of each resource, rather than doing in-depth reviews. Without further ado, here are the first four (of many more to come). C-SPAN Video Library Cost: free In three words, amazin [...]

Flickr (Finally) Has An Android App

It sure took a long time, but Flickr has finally launched its first Android app. Flickr has had an iPhone app for more than two years. The new Android app appears to offer several features not available on the iPhone version -- including filters to help edit photos before publishing, and additional sharing options. The Android app has been described as taking "a few cues from Instagram," which is also expected to launch its first Android app soon. Flickr's Android app is currently available is close to three dozen countries, which are listed on Flickr's help pages. Flickr Phot [...]

Twitter User Galleries Start Rolling Out Today

Twitter has begun rolling out User Galleries, a new feature that should make the process of searching (and finding) images shared on Twitter a lot easier. The galleries will show images -- but not videos -- that are shared on Twitter via many of the major photo upload/sharing tools, such as TwitPic, yFrog, Instagram and Twitter itself. (Twitter began accepting direct photo uploads earlier this month.) If your account has access to the new feature, which was first spotted by SplatF, you'll see a "Recent Images" content section on your (or any) Twitter profile page, and it has a "view all" [...]

Twitter Taking Direct Photo Uploads, Will Create User Media Galleries

Twitter says it's planning to create "user media galleries" that will house all of the media a user shares on the service -- including items uploaded and shared via other services. The news comes at the same time that Twitter has begun accepting direct photo uploads via the interface. As Mike Cane pointed out, some Twitter users are now seeing a pop-up window on their Twitter home page that introduces the new feature. Here's how it looks for me: The "Learn More" link leads to Twitter Help Center page that tells more about the company's plans for user media galleries: [...]

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 [...]

News Events, Tweeted Photos & The Permissions Mess

space shuttle launch Have you tweeted a great photograph that's gone viral, such as today's Space Shuttle launch as seen from a commercial airline flight? Getting credit for that, much less getting paid for it, seems to be a mess. It's been on my to do list to write about this issue for several weeks. It came up on the Read 2.0 mailing list that I'm part of back in March, about who has the right to grant permission when a photo is tweeted through one of the many sharing services out there. I may come back and do a more formal look with interviews with the sharing services and Twitter down the line. But giv [...]

An Illustrated Guide To Searching For Shared, Tweeted & “Realtime” Images

Looking for images that are being shared and posted in realtime? That image search space has gotten more competitive, as Nachofoto reenters the field. Below, what it offers, along with general realtime image searching tips using other services like Topsy, Google Realtime Search and Twitter itself. I've used realtime search tools often, in order to see if people are tweeting and sharing images from news events, such as when the tsunami hit Crescent City. At times, they can provide a faster way to see images before news outlets themselves. Nachofoto Nachofoto launched in April 2010 but clos [...]

Gazopa Adds Stock Photos To Image Search Engine

Gazopa recently added stock photos to its image search engine. That isn't exactly huge news in and of itself, but the interesting thing about Gazopa is the multiple ways you can search for images. The company has added a "stock photo" tab on its search results page, so a keyword search for office furniture and a click on that tab brings up results like this. But it's not just about keyword search. With Gazopa, you have two other search options: upload an image or draw an image. In either case, Gazopa can now search for stock photos based on those prompts, too. At the moment, the [...]

Yahoo’s Irving: “Hell Yes” Yahoo Is Committed To Flickr

Yahoo Product Chief Blake Irving just tweeted a ringing endorsement of Flickr, the company's photo sharing site/community. Q. Is Yahoo! committed to Flickr? A. Hell yes we are! We love this product and team; on strategy and profitable. The tweet is no doubt a response to questions earlier this week about Flickr's profitability and the possibility that Yahoo might shutter it (as other Yahoo properties apparently will be shuttered). Long-time Flickr user Thomas Hawk took a stab yesterday at estimating how much money Flickr brings in for Yahoo, and after using what I'd call some question [...]

Google Adds Images To Real-Time Results

There's no formal blog post about this that we know of yet, just a tweet from Google's Jeremy Hylton announcing that images are now showing up in Google's real-time search results. Actually, you have to specifically request to include images with your results. After doing a search for "lunch" and clicking to see Updates from the left options menu, you then have to click the new "Updates with images" to see results like this. Note that the focus here is still on the update; this is not a real-time image search tool. If you're looking for that, here are several options: TwitCaps [...]

Flickr Adds People Tagging

Flickr, the popular photo sharing site, has added Facebook-like people tagging. The purpose behind people tagging is to easily tell people when you upload a picture that includes them. In short, it is a fun way to make your pictures more social and have discussions around your photos. Let me show you how it works. For example, the picture I took of Danny Sullivan with (former Microsoft's) Kevin Johnson at a past SMX conference was a nice photo of Danny to tag. I click on the "add person" link on the right side of the page and begin entering in Danny's name. Since Danny is a contact of [...]

Flickr Now Has An iPhone App

This morning, TechCrunch reported that Flickr's iPhone app has finally made it to the iTunes Store. It is free and can be downloaded by clicking here. I gave the app a quick go, and I really think it was done exceptionally well. Here is a walk through, screen by screen. The app icon is plain and simple: When you load up the app and past the start screen, images are displayed on the front page. But the images has slow motion to them, as they pane in and out between other images. If you are logged in, you get images from your friends as well. Here is a screen cap of that page: [...]

Five More Search Tools You May Not Know … But Should

Have you ever needed to see the search results for another city -- maybe because you want to see what PPC ads are shown somewhere else? Have you ever needed to see search results from a different country, or in a different language? Maybe you're into real time search, and you'd love a place to find the latest photos and videos being shared on Twitter. Or perhaps you're planning a vacation abroad, but you're not sure when is the best time to visit Europe. It's time again for another roundup of the latest and greatest search tools and search engines, and in this article, I'll share five such [...]

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