Google recently came out with a new feature that offers a way to search without using any keywords at all. It’s called “Google Search by Image” and it allows users to submit images as a way to find information.
There are multiple options to begin your search by image. You can drag and drop an image, upload an image, or submit an image URL from the web. Check out this video from Google for a basic tour:
Why I think it’s amazing
Several of the most basic questions we ask in day to day life can now be answered really quickly with Google Search by Image:
Who is that?
I’m a big movie watcher and often want to find out who was in the movie that I just saw – which usually means searching, ending up on IMDB, and scanning through a long cast list trying to find the right person. But they don’t always have the full cast nor do they have headshots for every actor which makes it really difficult to match the person’s face to a name. Now I can take a picture, upload it to Google and instantly find out who it is.
Where is that?
Ever been browsing a friend’s photos on Facebook and come across a really amazing place? I always want to know where it is and there’s never a caption! Now it’s really easy – drag the photo to Google and you’re on your way to planning your next vacation.
What is that?
Occasionally I come across an interesting image online like the above that I’d like to learn more about but there isn’t any context about what the image is, who made it, etc. In the past, I’ve tried asking friends or doing random searches, but it’s hit or miss to find what I’m looking for. Now I submit the image URL to Google and it shows me who made it, other similar looking images, and webpages that reference the image – instant context!
There are so many potential uses; this is just the tip of the iceberg. Try it out and let us know how you would use it – http://images.google.com/