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

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: […]

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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:

Gmail Photos

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:

Gmail Picasa Search

The “Photos” option pulls back images from the Google Picasa photo sharing service, as opposed to the more prominent “Images” option, that finds images from all over the web,

My Google Image search settings are set to block images like this, but I guess those image preferences do not transfer over a Google “Photo” search.

To be honest, I never used the “Photo” option from the Google menu. I am not sure if it is even new, and I have an email out to Google to find out more information about that.


About the author

Barry Schwartz
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Barry Schwartz is a technologist and a Contributing Editor to Search Engine Land and a member of the programming team for SMX events. He owns RustyBrick, a NY based web consulting firm. He also runs Search Engine Roundtable, a popular search blog on very advanced SEM topics.

In 2019, Barry was awarded the Outstanding Community Services Award from Search Engine Land, in 2018 he was awarded the US Search Awards the "US Search Personality Of The Year," you can learn more over here and in 2023 he was listed as a top 50 most influential PPCer by Marketing O'Clock.

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