When first invented, the Internet allowed users to access and share text based information in a way never before possible. Information was pretty much limited to text, but as computing power and Internet access speed increased, so did the ability to view images online. Now a truly text based website is a rarity. We are moving strongly into the space of a media driven world.
Believe it or not people are even getting lazier. Nowadays people would rather watch the news rather then reading it. We want to be feed with content the easiest way possible and images play a huge roll. Pictures/photos help describe any story in a better way by serving as a reference point in our brain about that particular topic. Next time you will think about that article you read, I can guarantee the image that was present will pop up in your brain.
Google Images is a searchable database of over 10-billion images and to make locating an image easier, Google provides some very powerful search tools. Here are a few of the most popular.
People who like the image browser Cooliris – a group photo sharing tool – will also like DroidIris, an image search tool from Google that allows users to employ the touch screen on their Droid to navigate Google Images.
DroidIris lets you display Google Image search and use gestures like pinching your fingers together, tapping the screen and swiping your finger across the screen to search. The screen scrolls whichever way you direct it to and keeps scrolling until you have searched through the entire image database. Once you find an image you like, you can save it to your Droid SD card or use it on your phone as wallpaper.
2. Similar Images
Similar Images is a Google addition that lets you locate images on the Internet similar to ones you have. If you love to collect images of robots, you can use one you already own to find others.
You don’t have to enter any description of the image at all, just upload the image and use this tool – it will scour the Internet and let you know where other images like it are located (Image via Sell My Timeshare blog)
3. TinEye Reverse Image Search
TinEye is a Google Chrome extension that lets you search for images on the Internet by using its image identification technology rather than things like keywords or metadata.
TinEye takes a “fingerprint” or sample image of a distinctive area of an image and then uses that fingerprint to hunt for matches on the Internet. TinEye doesn’t find similar images – it finds exact matches, including images that have been altered by editing or re-sizing.
Google’s Picasa is a free image editing tool you can use to make your pictures perfect before you display them online. This simple to use online tool lets you make adjustments to contrast, remove red eye, and crop and straighten your images.
Images – especially JPEG images – are big and can really slug down bandwidth when you email them or send them to a friend on your cell phone. Enter WebP, Google’s very own image compression tool available online. WebP compresses an image to make it almost 40% smaller than other formats. The compression method is called “lossy” because some of the information from the image is dumped to make it smaller, but the loss in image quality is a fair trade off for faster sharing.
The Internet started off as a text based information storehouse, but is also now a way of sharing and viewing images around the world. All of these Google tools will make that process easier for you.
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