Google Search By Image Thinks I'm A Porn Star

Jun 28, 2011 • 8:35 am | comments (17) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine
 

I was messing around with the new search by image feature on Google Images last night. I uploaded my headshot to Google and Google returned a nude woman as one of the "visually similar results."

Here is a screen shot:

Google Search By Image Porn

On one hand, it was upsetting to see Google show pornographic images of a woman for my headshot. I mean, does Google think I have that big of a chest? But on the other hand, Google thinks I am pretty.

On a more serious note, this gave me the opportunity to play with the "report image" feature within this "visually similar results" and I noticed that as soon as you report an image, it goes away and likely for good.

I kept reporting images and they kept going away. I then tested to see if they show for other users by trying different browsers and computers and the images that I reported never came back up again for the same headshot.

I assume this can be abused to help people tailor the results that show up for their own images. In fact, one person asked me after my Red Innova talk about online reputation management for this new feature and I said it was too early to tell. But if it is that easy, and you don't like images that show up for your pictures, then simply click "report image" and your problem is solved.

I am not sure how long this will last but I guess it is better than having pornographic content show up?

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Comments:

yehudaj

06/28/2011 12:46 pm

While it is so awesomely cool what it does, the system needs some more AI or user input, the algorithm itself seems to try to match the background, I uploaded a pic of me almost identical one with a blue bg one with white and the results were basically based on the bg color.... either way its fun to play with. (psssst barry it didnt bother you that most of the images returned for your pic were chicks?)

Barry Schwartz

06/28/2011 12:48 pm

Nah, because clearly it is about the color of the shirt I am wearing. I wanted to wear a dark color but my wife wanted me to look girly for the picture. :)

yehudaj

06/28/2011 12:49 pm

Though clearly it thinks your taking a bubble bath!

Black Seo Guy

06/28/2011 01:30 pm

When it comes to images Google really struggles with that, so you must use the right title so people will find exactly what their looking for . "Black Seo Guy "Signing Off"

Barry Schwartz

06/28/2011 01:31 pm

This does not work by file name from what I understand.  Even so, the file name was barry-schwartz.jpg

Fedor

06/28/2011 03:31 pm

Imagine if she looked herself up and found your headshot. I guess she would report your image? Poor girl's just trying to make a living.

Dino

06/28/2011 04:11 pm

If not by file name... what then?

Barry Schwartz

06/28/2011 04:12 pm

looking at the image and matching it.

Dino

06/28/2011 04:14 pm

I hadn't realized this!  Interesting...

Anonymous Coward

06/28/2011 04:29 pm

Uh... I'm still getting that image. 

Barry Schwartz

06/28/2011 04:33 pm

really?

Fedor

06/28/2011 05:44 pm

I don't get the girl, but I do get a baby puking.

Athar Basha

06/28/2011 05:47 pm

Excellent.. I learned a bit about Google Image Search and this post will indeed make me some clear knowledge on it.

Neony

06/28/2011 07:18 pm

Nice Foto :)

Terri Wells

06/28/2011 09:51 pm

I used a head shot of myself to search on Google Search by Image and got back of selection of mostly male head shots -- and most of them older men at that. While I'm not in the porn industry, I wonder if this somehow restored some sort of balance to the search universe.

Simon Dann

06/29/2011 10:52 am

I did the same and got a lot of photos of Abe Lincoln and Chinese people... I look nothing like either. I think it just picked up on the black and white photo and it was a face. Rather then the face itself. Not as clever as Tin-eye yet, in so much as Tin-eye is able to pickup on all re-sizing and cropping of the original image were as Googles reverse-image-search appears a bit simple.  Might just need more AI user input to make it better.

Nasif

07/07/2011 08:14 am

Dat's hilarious !

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