Over the next few days, users around the world should see a new look to the Google image search, making it easier to see up to 1,000 images at once, small and large previews, easier navigation, and hover windows.
Google’s image search was launched in 2001 and now indexes over 1 billion images of multiple types. Over the years, there have been many additions to the search, including search by type e.g. photo, line drawing, face, and colours. You can read all about the previous developments and the new changes for image search on Google’s blog
In addition to this, Google is using people power to tag all the images on the Web with the Image Labeller game http://images.google.com/imagelabeler/ This pairs you up with an unknown and anonymous partner to compete against each other in tagging images with the most relevant keywords possible over a period of 2 minutes. You are awarded points for matching your partner’s tags and these are recorded within your Google account. If you have plenty of time on your hands and feel like helping Google, this can prove quite an addictive pastime! One thing’s for sure, with Google claiming around 1 billion pageviews a day for image search, it will continue to be an important part of any search engine optimisation strategy.