Google’s Reverse Image Search

Google Reverse Image SearchGoogle has recently introduced a new way to search called Reverse Image Search that provides an innovative and just plain fun way to search!

What It Is

Similar to the Goggles app on Android mobile devices, Reverse Image Search allows you to search not for an image, but by using the image itself as your search query. There are several ways you can do this:

  • Simply drag an image into the search box on Google Images
  • Click the camera icon on the Google Images page, then select a picture from your hard drive, upload it, and search
  • Copy and paste the URL of any image from the web into the search box
  • Download a plug-in for Google Chrome or Firefox, and then simply right-click any web image and select “search”

What It Does

By using Reverse Image Search, you can:

  • Identify an image: a Picasso painting, a picture of Jimmy Stewart, Denver City Hall—if you don’t know what it is, there’s a good chance Google can tell you
  • See where else the image appears on the web—this can be especially helpful for pictures of you, pictures of your business, or pictures on your website
  • Find similar images
  • Find better quality versions of the same image

Head on over to Google Images and play around with the new Reverse Image Search. We think you’ll agree that it’s pretty darn cool!  When you’ve given it a whirl, let us know what you think:  A great new search tool? A neat but mostly useless gimmick? A total waste of time? The best thing since Double Rainbow guy?