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google images, in a regular search?
anyone seen this yet?

 2:46 pm on Feb 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

Just did a quick search and right at the top of the listings was this text "See 16,400 image results for KEYWORD " plus a couple sample images. Is this new?



 4:21 pm on Feb 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

I saw sample images in the results for a search yesterday, for the first time - and only once.


 6:29 pm on Feb 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

Yes I saw this also a week ago.

I absolutely did not like it as I felt it junked the search result page IMO. If I wanted to search for images, I would use Google's image search.

Honestly and a little off the point - I think Google should hire Hillman Curtis (or someone) to build a user friendly site that implements all Google's tools and candy... Rather than trying to find a place to stuff - this and that - here and there. For a search engine I am surprised Google's content organization is not better.


 7:06 pm on Feb 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

Yes, we've seen this a few times over the past week too. Looks pretty awful.


 8:33 pm on Feb 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

Google has tried to differentiate themselves with the "clean, lean" website -- especially against the incredible bloat of MSN and Yahoo's home pages. However, the forces of fate are not in their favor. Google's page is inevitably getting ever more cluttered, and any Firefox user knows about the modified content they've got as a default homepage.

Maybe it is time for Google to set up a my.google interface, with auto-headlines from Google news, most popular images, etc...

That would be a great way for them to identify heavy users and early adopters, to push new product trials out quickly, and to keep their main page clean and simple.


 9:39 pm on Feb 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

Maybe it is time for Google to set up a my.google interface, with auto-headlines from Google news, most popular images, etc...

I have believed this is a great idea. The user could opt to have the default index page as-is or, opt to have it all!

Why not? How many typical users find themselves bored to death so they head online. Google as popular startup screen for most browser could offer their public something sticky.

Sweet Cognac

 11:18 pm on Feb 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

Right now, my site is only getting pulled up for images. The rest of the site is sandboxed. :(

Oliver Henniges

 11:16 am on Feb 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

I recall there was a link to google's image search on google's main-page for a few days about two weeks ago.

Meanwhile I receive more visitors via google images search than by any other searchengine. There is a number of (though less important) search terms in my niche where I seem to have the monopol in google images (*g*). I was also surprised how google managed to identify that most beautiful image on widgets from my start-page, although in contrast to some other images on the same page the alt-tag of that image does not contain the term "widget".

I think there is something on the way in that area considering that - if I remember correctly - Bill Gates dropped some hints on what we should expect from search engines in the future particularly concerning video search.

I wonder whether pattern recognition has evolved in such a manner that algos may identify - say - the face of Michael Palin within an mpeg-file.

If we take into account what is on the way with respect to our passports and such documents this does seem quite likely. The question is: to what extent has this been elaborated and synchronized with what is called "world knowledge" in research on artificial intelligence.

Can you imagine an algorithm, which is able to identify the "Gestalt" of a given object from a new picture? Was the last crawl so intensive because google has swallowed all the images and fed a neuronal network with the results? Has your page, so well text-optimized for blue wooden widgets, suffered in ranking recently, because google had found no image of a blue wooden widget on it?


 3:22 pm on Feb 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

I'm wondering the point of the images, what are they trying to achieve? Simply promoting image search for a bit, or are the after something else?

Oliver Henniges

 3:33 pm on Feb 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

Well, within the old economy there are plenty of things to search for, where a search with images is much more comfortable than seeing just words as results. of course this only holds true for products (not services) and here only products a picture of which makes sense (in contrast to e.g. the paper a cd is wrapped in).

As I said: Currently almost a tenth of my visitors comes via google-images, more than from any other search engine except google.

And then: Competition with MSN?

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