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Google launched a new version of its image search today (as well as a new ad format) and in the announcement, Google dropped a few interesting stats about its image search growth.

Google Image Search first came out in 2001. Back then, Google says it indexed around 250 million images. By 2005, the company says it indexed over a billion. As of today, it’s over 10 billion.

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"When you think about ‘information,’ what probably comes to mind are streams of words and numbers," says Google Images Product Manager Nate Smith. "Google’s pretty good at organizing these types of information, but consider all the things you can’t express with words: what does it look like in the middle of a sandstorm? What are some great examples of Art Nouveau architecture? Should I consider wedding cupcakes instead of a traditional cake?"

"This is why we built Google Images in 2001," adds Smith. "We realized that for many searches, the best answer wasn’t text—it was an image or a set of images. The service has grown quite a bit since then."

Google has released numerous features to Image Search over the years, and is always experimenting with design tweaks. This will likely continue.

The new version of Google’s Image Search is in the process of rolling out.

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  • http://www.FaTeSEO.com FaTe

    The amount of images indexed is amazing but while they still primarily rely upon Guests and Members to “play games” with images describing them to better increase search relevance it’s all a bit much.

    It’s like owning a big scrap yard and just filling it with cars randomly, someone asks for a car and your stumped, relying on image tag data alone for relevance is still in the past.

    • Chris Crum

      They’re definitely trying to improve this. Filters can help to some extent.

  • Guest

    The guessing game is even worse now that URLs and image sizes are hidden until you mouse over the pic. Google seems to enjoy spending its time prettying itself up in spite of the fact that it removes usefulness. How do I know if the URL is a malware site now without mousing over the image? Before it was much easier to skim through a series of images, and you didn’t have to worry about a computer with a slower connection being overtaxed by the number of images opened at once.

    Fixing what isn’t broke – what a faneffintastic idea.