Posted Thu May 15, 2008 10:15AM
i've just been invited to tineye.com and tested that site with some of my files. seems to work rather well, they even find your image when it's been cropped and altered. pretty cool : )
I think you can get an invite by filling out the form on their site.
Oh, and i'm in no way connected to that site.
Posted Thu May 15, 2008 1:19PM
Just tried it. They are "at capacity", but will take requests.
Posted Thu May 15, 2008 1:21PM
My request was immediately accepted.. Can't wait to try it.
Posted Thu May 15, 2008 1:40PM
Just got my invite link, but I keep getting an error when trying to set up my password?
Posted Thu May 15, 2008 2:37PM
To get an invitation, please go to tineye.com and request one. If you have any problems with the invitation link that you get sent please drop an email to email@example.com and we will look into. It seems that a few people had problems with the Captcha we are using.
Posted Thu May 15, 2008 2:42PM
What an awesome tool, this will be useful in so many ways, especially detecting copyright violations. Thanks for posting
Posted Thu May 15, 2008 2:46PM
I just got a message saying that I am on a waiting list. This sounds awesome! I hope that it's not a long wait.
Posted Thu May 15, 2008 3:43PM
Hey it works!!!
Just tried a handfull of my most dl images, and found one in use so far
Posted Thu May 15, 2008 4:42PM
This is great! Got my invitation within an hour, and found one of mine in use, too! Thanks for the tip!
Posted Thu May 15, 2008 8:18PM
i tried searching for my top 5 or so images, each with about 120 downloads... it found 3 copies of one image, none of the rest. i went to the istock most popular and tried the girl blowing the dandelion and it found 58 uses
Posted Thu May 15, 2008 8:58PM
Interesting- it's obviously patchy coverage at the moment as it failed to find some web images that I know are there. But over my top twenty files there were no false positives at all. Of the five in uses it found, four were editorial with no acknowledgment (against istock terms and condiitons)- and one of those looked a bit dodgy in terms of the place where the watermark should be (but it was such a small image that I couldn't be sure)
(Edited on 2008-05-15 20:59:30 by Susan_Stewart)
Posted Thu May 15, 2008 10:09PM
@Susan_Stewart: our image index is growing and we will cover more and more of the internet. As is mentioned on the tineye.com website we have only indexed 487 million images so for some of the image searches we will not be returning many image usages but that will change as we index more and more of the internet. Glad you found tineye useful. There will be more features coming soon!
Posted Thu May 15, 2008 10:38PM
Oh, I realise it's still a beta. I was much more impressed by the fact that it didn't make any mistakes, than disappointed by the fact that it didn't find everything. It's a very cute application. It has the potential to be hugely useful once coverage is more complete, especially to image producers and their agencies who want to keep tight control on where and how their images are used.
Very useful for image purchasors too considering web usage of an image- they could check pretty easily who else is using it and for what purposes to make sure there aren't any unforeseen and potentially embarrassing overlaps in the same market.
Posted Thu May 15, 2008 11:59PM
Thanks for the early warning, Christopher.
This sort of technology has been around for a while, as with the programme ImageComparer, which will identify duplicate or almost-duplicate images on your own hard drive.
I've sent the link to a friend, who told me a while ago of a company that was developing this web-wide picture-compare search technology. We'll see if he was talking of tineye or a competitor group. Meanwhile, I'm on the waiting list.
Posted Fri May 16, 2008 5:00AM
Posted Fri May 16, 2008 5:02AM
Just received my invitation but keep getting error " missing or invalid registration key" message when setting up. Anyone with the same problem? Or am I just missing something ?
Posted Fri May 16, 2008 5:10AM
^^^ nope, registration went smoothly.
btw, i'm guessing they won't be able to scan images embedded in flash banner ads?
Posted Fri May 16, 2008 5:23AM
One problem i had with their service (and i told them already via the support mail) is that sometimes when you're searching for an image with an even background, they find lots of images which ain't the same. i guess that's because of the watermark, as it only happens when you search via the image on istockphoto.
still, it only took me minutes yesterday to find more than 10 uses of my files that i hadn't found before. big thumbs up!
Posted Fri May 16, 2008 5:37AM
Cool! I looked through my 20 most popular images and found 8 matches.
Posted Fri May 16, 2008 6:03AM
Great ! Just did a short test (only 2 minutes) and found three files I didn't know until now. Thanks for letting us know.