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4/1/11
Original Poster
JD

Similar Images Update

Hi all,

Today we’re announcing an update to Similar Images, the image search feature that allows you to find images that are visually similar to a particular result. We first launched Similar Images back in 2009, and today we’re launching a change which will make it a lot more fresh and comprehensive. Want to find similar images for a result you found for a recent news event? Now this is possible. Try it for yourself by hovering over any result and clicking the “Similar” link.

Along with increasing the quality of the Similar Images index, we’re also making it possible to find similar images when using the site: operator. To try this out, first use the site:operator to restrict your results to a particular site. For instance, if you want to browse images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, you could type in site:metmuseum.org, as seen below:

http://www.google.com/images?q=site:metmuseum.org

If you see a result you really like, you can hover over it and click the "Similar" link to see similar images that are also from that site (in this case, metmuseum.org). I really liked a guitar I saw, so I tried clicking "Similar" for that, and here's what I got:

http://www.google.com/search?q=site:metmuseum.org&tbs=simg:CAESEgmbKK4nJ8pyZiGCp1jyKj6SXg&tbm=isch


We hope you enjoy and please let us know if you have any feedback!


Cheers,
Erik and Jeff
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barryhunter
4/1/11
barryhunter
This is amazing - a really welcome update. Thankfully it doesn't appear to be April Fools!


As for feedback, one thing I found: When you run a search and click 'Similar' you get a list of similar images; but if you edit the query in the search box, it forgets the 'similar to' image. 

I've found I can edit the URL, to change the query (q) without loosing the "similar to" image. Seems to work, even if the original image no longer matches the query, you still match its 'visual style' :)

This is useful for refining the query, you find roughly the right type of image, but want to refine the matching keywords to narrow down or even broaden the search terms. 


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As another more 'lofty' feature request, would love to see the "similarity" data, used to deduplicate results.  A lot of time results contain lots of similar looking images. Would be nice to turn on 'diversity' or 'de-deplicate' mode, which would then remove images from the results, when they similar to any of the previous say 15 images. This would increase the diversity of images shown. Of course if like the look of any particular image could still use the 'similar' button to find others like it. 
(I wouldn't be surprised to learn that something like this already happens, but it would be nice to turn on a more explicit filter when you wanted) 

aalimuddin
4/28/11
aalimuddin
Hi I want to add my photos
4/29/11
Original Poster
JD
@barryhunterr - Thanks for the great feedback! I'll make sure to bring this back to the team.

@aalimuddin - Do you mean you want to add photos to Google Images?

Cheers,
Jeff
rashid muthu kp
5/3/11
rashid muthu kp
hellooo add me pls
ben10 good boy
5/8/11
ben10 good boy
hi
ycc
5/21/11
ycc
Since yesterday images don't zoom and show the similar option.. what's up?

I NEED IT! 

Is there a way I could manually enter this option? 
tbs=simg:CAESEgmbKK4nJ8pyZiGCp1jyKj6SXg&tbm=isch

Where can one fine the data similar to CAESEgmbKK4nJ8pyZiGCp1jyKj6SX ??

Thanks

Google Chrome 11.0.696.68
TheBeagle
6/22/11
TheBeagle
I don't see any option when I hover over the image.  Right-click only produced the browser options.  

Do I need to download anything to use Similar Images?  I'm using Chrome 12.0.742.100.

Aaron
vivek kumar kachar
6/24/11
vivek kumar kachar
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6/24/11
vivek kumar kachar
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6/25/11
prince soni
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ExUser
12/31/11
ExUser
Search-by-image 1.04 breaks the toolbar of FF 3.6

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