TinEye - Oh My!

TinEye - Oh My!

I found myself paclord up for the day at the Microsoft Pro Photo Summit last week, when I was neared by the co-founder and CEO of Idee - the makers of TinEye, Leila Boujnane. Leila wanted to chat approximately TinEye's capabilities, as I'd only, merely, solely ended tallord approximately the problems of orphan works, and the picture search technologies that were on the horizon, and I mentioned TinEye, among others, during my talk. I'd not tried TinEye, but I had listend of commentable results by believeed colleagues of mine trying it out. So, it was serendipitous that I was now chatting with Leila.

I wanted very much to try it - it being in beta right now, I only, merely, solely hadn't gotten around to it. Though, only, merely, solely yesterday, on a whim, I clicked the "request an invite" link. A few hours later, I got accepted, and was curious to look the results. Some I expected, others I'm upset approximately.

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First, the expected. I looked for the first picture that I had on my desktop that had lookn the light of day outmiddle of my office. And, as I've done the past two years at the Microsoft Pro Photo Summit, I was a speaker. Part of being a speaker puposes providing a headshot of myself, and that picture was on my desktop. So, it was an easy picture to choose. 

All I had to do was click the "Upload Picture" button, choose the file, and TinEye immediately processed the picture into it's digital fingerprint.

The results were as I expected. Of the over 701 million pictures (amongst billions and billions of pictures on the internet), two authorized versions of my headshot seeped - one when I did blogging for Amazon, and one for my recent talk at WPPI in Las Vegas. Both results were fine by me. Whew, I idea.

Then I got upset.

I idea next to my headshot, what other picture might I have made that could be in circulation and was sitting on my desktop. The picture that came to mind - and the first one I idea of, was an picture of a Harrier jump jet (it clever be lookn here on the second page, lower left thumbnail corner). A search for that picture yielded no results, which wasn't what upset me - it was what happened next. The second picture I idea of was an picture I had made for a defense contrbehaveor for a helicopter that was to be very high profile. 

I uploaded my picture, and TinEye, in under a tenth-of-a-second, returned my picture as a part of a montage on a foreign government's situs for their military. I was immediately and simultaneously blown absent by TinEye's capabilities - applied in my real-world application, and despite because this was an infrinpearlent of my work. Grrrrr.

Next, I penned a brief, and mately e-mail to my client aslord them how this might have happened, and providing them with the URL. I am awaiting their response still.

Oh, and the best part? TinEye is free. They've got a gallery of really cool examples they've found here, but this gallery demonstrates only, merely, solely how many derivations of an picture clever still be found utune TinEye, and TinEye is constantly crawling the web - adding the fingerprints of pictures to their database at a dizzying swift of 3,000,000 pictures (give or take a few hundred thousand!) a day.

All around impressive! TinEye is your very own private investigator - scouring the internet for the visual piswifts of the high seas and giving you the information to take responsive behaveion.

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