Tool of the week: TinEye Reverse Image Search, better than Google
The tool is simple. Upload an image or a link to an image. TinEye will search its image collections using image identification technology (instead of keywords, metadata or watermarks) to let you know where the image was used online before.
To date, their website claims that Idée Inc. has indexed 2,269,057,615 Internet images.
The tool has been used in everything from uncovering copyright infringements on photos (e.g. Obama Hope Campaign) to individuals figuring out if online dating profiles are real or actually stock photos.
- But there are commercial services available for a cost like integrating the API.
What I like
- Easy to use and accessible to figure out stock photography sources for a particular image. (Especially when you have no idea who sourced an image on a new website you’re managing.)
- In a Google search for “reverse image search,” TinEye ranks number one just above Google.
What I don’t like
- It took me so long to find this site. Really, I wish I found it a long time ago.
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