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Change in Google Image Search
URLs Left Off

 9:16 am on Jan 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

Anyone notice when this happened? Was just checking them and noticed there are no URLs listed beneath the thumbnails.

Is this a test or is it global?



 1:14 pm on Jan 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

The domain is still listed below the pictures in the grid in green writing, but not linked. The image type is listed in the detail line directly below the picture, directly after the size specifications. Of course, the picture is still linked.

What is most interesting is what I find at the base of the page ...

New! Want to improve Google Image Search? Try Google Image Labeler [images.google.com].


 1:31 pm on Jan 12, 2007 (gmt 0)


The gird haven't had any links ever since we launched, and that's like a couple of months now, to say the least... or was that what you were asking?

What is most interesting is what I find at the base of the page ...

I've only seen the image labeler being mentioned in webmaster tools, did it appear on the Image Search result pages? I can't see it anywhere...

We're still hesitating whether to enroll in it or not... the idea of random people labeling our pics is just... isn't all that inviting.


 8:50 pm on Jan 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

I just wish they'd go spidering again. I'm hoping the url changes we made reverse the 5000+ image massacre we suffered in July.


 10:29 pm on Jan 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

did it appear on the Image Search result pages? I can't see it anywhere...

Yes. Do an image search and on the very first results page at the bottom right directly below the "Next" button is where that text shows up. Just ran another test and it is there.

We're still hesitating whether to enroll in it or not...

There is not option to enroll. You are given pictures to describe ...

How does it work?

You'll be randomly paired with a partner who's online and using the feature. Over a 90-second period, you and your partner will be shown the same set of images and asked to provide as many labels as possible to describe each image you see. When your label matches your partner's label, you'll earn some points and move on to the next image until time runs out. After time expires, you can explore the images you've seen and the websites where those images were found. And we'll show you the points you've earned throughout the session.

It has a bit of "stickiness" to it. You get to try and match with "somebody" else and then compare notes afterwards.


 1:38 am on Jan 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

No, i mean to enroll our site in it.
The option has been there in Google Webmaster Tools for some time, in the form of a checkbox, whether we'd like to have our pics labeled in this way or not.


Btw... i still can't see the link on the results pages.
I know you shouldn't discuss exact queries, but how broad of a search term was it... the one that you used?


 1:42 am on Jan 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

Well, this looks to be like a limited test. Pretty interesting, too. It's rows of photos with a short descriptive text grabbed from the page text. When you hover, a light blue square halo appears around the photo, accompanied by the usual green domain name beneath it.


 4:24 pm on Jan 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

Yes, I would agree it seems to be a limited test as that is not the format displayed when I search images.

Btw... i still can't see the link on the results pages.

Well, although for some reason you aren't seeing the link at the base of your page I left the link in my first post so you can still click on it from there. Unless, of course, that is being delivered to a limited market as well ...?


 10:19 pm on Jan 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

Mm... no, i believe it's accessible from Glabs as well...
For i've seen it back in autumn, but can't remember how i got there.

Wanted to know how it works, for ours is a fairly image-oriented website, and it could ( have ) be(en) something that helped index our pics properly. But to be honest i just don't trust the decisions of random people ( no, not even pairs of random people ), naming the places, themes and subjects they most likely have never been to or seen, and all this based on a thumbnail sized version of a photo.

Sophisticated for stock photos and signs, covers in english perhaps, but it just isn't there yet... although gotta admit the *cough*vil genius behind this system ;)

Someone posted the video with the guy who "invented" this tool. He was basically aiming to draw bored people from browsing the web into an addictive game to help label pictures (for Google). Compared people and computers in their processing time for certain tasks like deciphering captchas or images in general, and had some argument about how with only one tenth ( hundredth...? ) of the time spent by playing solitaire every year worldwide, Google - or any other SE for that matter - could be finetuned by hand.

Fine tuned okay, but fine tuned by...
...bored people?
Who aim for the highscore table and nothing else...

So we still have some reservations ;)

edit before even posting it: couldn't help it

Okay found it. I was reading this post about captchas ( we have a chat board on the site that gets... you know :P ... ) and this was somewhere in between the lines.

This is a video called human computation [video.google.com] and has the image labeler featured in it as "The ESP game" ( must have been the working title ;)

Anyway, it does have some points, although i'd pass these ideas to the spam detection department instead. There are many ideas for "games" :P most of them pretty much aim at the human processing power of people who... well basically are bored out of their minds. These people would label images, find the subject on a picture and mark it, provide common derivations for words, phrases or even entire sentences and so on. And by doing this, they'd have a good time, a great laugh, and provide some data as a byproduct of their activities.

At least the final version was released with them knowing about this fact. Take image labeler as an example. Phew... i mean imagine if it really WAS called the Esp game -.-

At least it's an honest approach... right?
"Help us by labeling images." Fair enough. Even i played ;D

As for the video, the description reads "Google tech talks" and dates back to June. There're some frighteningly boring games in there ;)

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