Yahoo hasn’t forgotten Flickr – it just increased storage space to 1 TB.
Yahoo overhauls Flickr with one free terabyte for every user, PC World (May 20)
The big news with Flickr was quite literally about size—users of the photo-sharing service will now get one terabyte of storage for free. Flickr’s website also got an overhaul, and there’s a new version of its Android app as well.
Google Experimenting With New Related Image Search Interface, Search Engine Land (April 22)
Cool – mouse over related images in Google Image Search.
“While the standard interface for related image searches includes a list of the related image queries that only show image thumbnails when you mouse over the related search query term, the new interface shows a collection of images right above the related search query terms.”
Jessamyn West spotted this – LACMA launches new collection site with 20k public domain images (Librarian.net Mar 17) – about the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s online collection of art – much of it available for unrestricted use. See the LACMA collections.
New display is coming to Google Images in the next few days – you’ll be able to see a large preview of a selected image without clicking through to the page.
Google Launches Streamlined Image Search by Danny Sullivan, Search Engine Land (Jan 23)
Daniel Russell at Google generously shares search tips through the 1 Minute Morceau (MM) in his blog Search Research.
These are all excellent. Follow Daniel Russell at Search Research.
Bing has revamped its image search to provide sharper photos, and make more of a show of related searches. There are several options for filtering results, and Bing is strong in offering suggestions for related searches. The source of the image isn’t obvious at first glance – open the image and look to the bottom of the page to see the url.
Bing’s image search results
Click on an image to get more suggestions, similar images, and the url and reference to the source.
If you click on “Show Larger”, there is a slide-show treatment – wonderful for viewing photos of birds, flowers, and all things beautiful.
See Bing Updates Image Design Again: Dim Background, Faster Load Speed & More by Barry Shwartz, Search Engine Land (Dec 18) for specifics and screenshots of what Bing Image Search used to be.
Google Search By Image Gets Smarter & Faster, Barry Schwartz, Search Engine Land (Jul 2)
Google search-by-image is smarter – “Now if you search by image, Google will try to be smarter about the best guess answer they give you. For example, if you uploaded an image of a specific type of flower, previously Google would say it was flower. Now Google will try to guess the type of flower.”
Bing’s Image Search Gets A New Look, Updated Features by Matt McGee, Search Engine Land (Jun 21)
Bing updated its image search too — “bigger thumbnails and a “magnifying glass” tool that pops up above each image with information.” Also filters – “On the feature side, Bing is touting the filter bar at the top of the image results that lets users drill-down to images based on size, color and other options. There are also related topics and trending image searches to the right and search suggestions up above.”
I’ll pick Bing over Yahoo’s new image search because of the filters across the top for size, colour, type, layout, people, and various tags.
However, Yahoo has aids as well if you click on the double chevron to reveal the left panel.
Yahoo Images With Tiled Design, Latest & HQ Images & Getty Images Deal, Barry Schwartz, Search Engine Land (Jun 20)
Great new look and ease of handling at Yahoo images and Yahoo video. Images includes the Getty images. Image search also shows tags for easier browsing. Video doesn’t have any new filters, but the preview feature is helpful. Who knew there were so many videos with Margaret Atwood?
Google Images Related Searches Now More Visual, Barry Schwartz, Search Engine Land (Feb 23)
This change at Google images is neat — “ou can now mouse over the related search phrase and Google will hover open an image preview of what the first three images look like for that image search query.” Try with toronto – mouse over related searches.