Google Image Search Adds New Features

Color Filters and Image Search Suggestions

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Google has been working on a couple of new features for Google Image Search. The first one is the addition of suggestions for Google Image Search, which is basically just Google Suggest for the image search engine.

Image Search Suggestions on Google Image Search

Interestingly, as Barry Schwartz points out, the image search suggestions are not always the same as the web search suggestions. About a week ago Google took search suggestions global.

The second new image search feature is the addition of a color filter. You know the drop down menus on the image results pages that allow you to select the image sizes and type of images (clip art, photos, faces, etc.)? There will now be one that allows you to select a color.

The example Google gives is searching for a green sea anemone, and then a red one:

Why you couldn’t just search for "green sea anemone" or "red sea anemone" is beyond me, but it’s just another way to easily select the type of results you’re after.

I am personally not seeing the feature yet, but Google says it is being rolled out, so it shouldn’t be long. Look for the drop-down box in the blue bar on the image search results pages.

Google Image Search Adds New Features
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    There’s a simple answer for why they would add a color filter. Not everyone labels or names files with details such as color. Since there is no standard in naming conventions for how people name their picture files, you may get a large variety of naming schema.

    Remember, that google will search both link-names and filenames when searching for images, but may not be able to parse certain data that is displayed on a page that identified the picture itself.

    For example, I will list an example of a common way one may find a file that resides on the net, which will show clearly how using a color filter will help if you are in need of it.

    We’ll use the anemone above as the example.

    A person posts their pics on Myspace of a trip they recently took to a tropical venue where they did some diving and snapped some underwater pics with their new underwater camera. They uploaded some pics from their trip, to Myspace, without renaming the files and simply edited the “tags” or “comment” on the post itself to reflect the content. The one pic they took of a orange anemone is just tagged as “anemone”, and nothing more. Since there’s no other describing factor of the anemone, then if someone on Google were to search for “orange anemone”, then this pic would never come up, and would in fact be a direct hit for search results.

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