Google Testing New Image Search Results

May 13, 2011 • 8:45 am | comments (7) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

A member in the WebmasterWorld forums pointed out Google Image search is testing a new search results preview layout.

I was able to replicate the test in Google Image Search Germany on Chrome.

Typically what you see when you click on an image from within Google Image search is a preview of the image and the page on the left hand side and some image information and links on the right hand side.

But what Google is testing in Germany is a new top frame method, which seems to be the old way Google handled these images.

Here are screen shots to clarify what Google is testing.

Google Image Result Now:

Google Image Result Now

Google Image Result Test in Germany:

Google Image Result Test in Germany

The member also explained the difference in the click action, saying:

I was surprised when I clicked a thumbnail. The picture is not shown in an iFrame as in the .com-imagesearch. The source-website is loaded directly.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Tad Chef

05/13/2011 12:54 pm

It IS the old way: In Germany we still have the old Google image search layout.

Barry Schwartz

05/13/2011 12:55 pm

Are you sure because this guy at WebmasterWorld tracks image search like I track my bank account. :)

John Proffer

05/13/2011 02:57 pm

I wish we had that method back here in the US.. I absolutely hate the current image search style. It's extremely resource-intensive.

Ian Williams

05/13/2011 03:16 pm

Barry, if I tracked image search like I track my bank account, I'd probably still be staring at pictures of dodos in Encyclopaedia Britannica, listening to the wireless


05/13/2011 04:12 pm

 I really think that it's exactly as Tad Chef said: it's the old Google Image Search.

Larry Utvikling

05/16/2011 08:16 am

 I think picture search is much to slow. The pics are loading and loading...

Commodity Research

05/16/2011 12:07 pm

I came across a wonderful tip which allows you to search for faces and portrait images using Google Image Search. Try (Hilton!), which shows multiple images related to Paris, the city, as well as Paris Hilton intermixed. Now Hilton  which shows you only images with Paris Hilton face photos. How to do this? Stock Tips || Nifty Tips

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