Google Makes More Changes To Image Search

By: Chris Crum - June 14, 2013

Google has been making quite a few changes to Image Search lately.

Earlier this year, they launched a major redesign, which webmasters and photographers have been less than thrilled with. Google said that the changes would likely increase clicks to sites, but many have indicated that they’re experiencing quite the opposite.

Google has also altered the way it handles SafeSearch, which has made adult content a little harder to see, even for those specifically looking for it.

Last month, Google added a new personalized photo search feature, enabling users to find their personal photos easily from a regular Google web search. They also recently made it easier to find animated GIFs.

It’s clear that Google is placing a great deal of focus on Image-related searches these days, as further evidenced by a blog post the company released this week, discussing how it has improved photo search.

Google has now announced an additional change to Image Search, with the inclusion of a visual “related searches” carousel appearing at the top of some image search results.

“Let’s say you’re planning a trip to Maui and want to see images of the beaches so you can visit the best ones,” Google says in a Google+ post. “Try using Google’s related images at the top of the results and you can find the most relevant pictures for your destination. A search for [maui beaches] will show you tons of gorgeous beaches, but checking out those related images at the top of the results like Black Rock, Makena and Maui Beaches Maps will help you see more specific results. When you click on the related images query, you’ll see a snapshot of the results and you can click View all images to see even more and visit their sites to learn more.”

Related Image Searches

The feature is very similar to the Knowledge Graph Carousel Google released last fall for web searches:

This, by the way, appears to have been slightly redesigned since it was launched:

Open Road

Alex Chitu noticed another slight difference in Google Image Search in that it is now showing navigation arrows on the left and right sides of particular images, enabling users to navigate through results in yet one more way.

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“I’m sure that website owners won’t like this feature because it’s much easier to go to the next image result, but users will like it,” writes Chitu.

Some are already bitter about the huge redesign from earlier this year, so this could be a little additional salt in the wound.

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Chris CrumChris Crum has been a part of the WebProNews team and the iEntry Network of B2B Publications since 2003. Follow Chris on Twitter, on StumbleUpon, on Pinterest and/or on Google: +Chris Crum.

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  • James

    Wow…I like the major redesign. Seems to be more easier for image searchers.

  • nubwaxer

    they always have to make things more geeky. i doubt they ever take users’ opinions into account.

  • Nelieta

    It will be interesting to see how this affects my site as I use a lot of images for my posts. It does look a lot easier to search for images.

  • Dogs for sale UK

    I personally hate the new Google image search as it is almost useless for finding something. The old search had descriptions of the photos, but the new one only show the web address, so I have switched to Yahoo for image searches. Say I am looking for for a piece of something and I have no idea what it looks like, for an example a brake pad for a 2001 Chrysler Sebring. The result will show a bunch of a brake pads, but to find out which would be the one, I would have to click the website’s address and see if it’s the right one.

    this of course creates a whole bunch of useless searches and waiting for the page to load. If I am searching for a lens to fit My Nikon camera, I would have to go through a bunch of websites totally unrelated, just because the search shows lenses for cameras. So it is a useless re-design of image search from google.

  • Fred

    What a miserable worthless piece of crap! NOW, one can’t even search for an image, then view that image without the ENTIRE page loading! What once took a few milliseconds now takes up to many tens of minute. After all these years, they actually went out of their way to become the most uselessly f-ed up POS on the web! May google eat the corporate turd and die a miserable death.

  • SomeBrony

    “but users will like it” It’s seems to me he isn’t giving us a fucking choice? I frankly dislike the new layout, for images the older way was quicker, type in what you want, click enter and have automatic loading so you don’t have to keep clicking G-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-gle all the fucking time. I don’t want to have to keep clicking these damn o’s when the automatic loading feature was quicker, easier and more effective plus the layout only gives you 20 images which is barely anything. And a gentleman still has his interests and doesn’t appreciate “safe search” being on all the time! No i find this pointless and dreadful. it’s like how facebook recently changed their layout also totally pointless with a bullshit excuse of “letting the user customize their searches and feed for themselves” bitch if i wanted change i’d ask for it! NO ONE ASKED FOR IT, WE WERE FORCED TO LIKE IT.

  • steve

    Agree with SB
    Images are all different in size on the iPad and take longer to focus, plus before all you had to do was tap the right hand side and it would go to the next pic now you have to swipe directly on the image or else it will just jiggle. Plus the pic used to take up the whole iPad not just a little wee picture… This new format sucks.