TinEye Review

Posted on June 6, 2008 | Category :Reviews | 2 Comments

I’ve seen a few blogs talking about TinEye recently, so I thought I’d check it out. What is TinEye? It’s an image identification search engine. Basically, you upload an image and it searches the web to see who is using that image.

Before you get all excited, keep in mind that TinEye is still in beta version, so it can’t find everything. Still the possibility of searching the web for your art is definitely something that a number of artists would be interested in. I know I was, so I signed up for an invitation. I received my invitation the next day and started searching. I uploaded a dozen or so jpegs to the search engine that I knew were on the web. I was a little disappointed because It only found one of them on Shutterstock. I’m not sure if it was the search engine itself that couldn’t find the images or that it just hadn’t indexed sites like Shutterstock completely.

Regardless, TinEye is definitely worth checking out and I’m definitely interested to see how it continues to develop.

This post was written on IllustrationInfo.com. Content copyright 2008 Cory Thoman.

Comments 2

  1. 08/06/09

    Cory,
    Thanks for giving TinEye a try. These the early days of TinEye. The image identification technology used for TinEye works beautifully but as we mentioned in the release: the TinEye index is still very small. We have only indexed 487 million images and that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the internet. Our next release will have a bigger index. We are constantly crawling so over time you will see more and more results for your searches.

    Cheers,

    Leila

  2. Cory Reply
    08/06/09

    Well, I’m definitely rooting for TinEye. I think it’s a great idea.

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