Google Images Adds Subject Sort Option

May 10, 2011 • 8:33 am | comments (2) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine
 

Google ImagesGoogle added a new sorting option for Google Images that lets you sort the images by subject.

So if you are looking for pictures on a topic but want to know subjects for those pictures, you can use Google Images. For example, if you want to create a presentation on SEO and want to know what subjects the presentation might have, you can try to search Google Images by subject sorting for [seo] and Google will recommend subject. They aren't perfect but hey!

Google Image Subject Sorting

Google said:

Sorting by subject uses algorithms that identify relationships among images found on the web and presents those images in visual groups, expanding on the technology developed for Google Similar Images and Google Image Swirl. By looking at multiple sources of similarities, such as pixel values and semantic relationships, and by mining massive amounts of data, we can make meaningful connections and groupings among images.

Here is a video:

Keep in mind, it doesn't always work and forces you to sort by relevance when subjects cannot be determined. Here is an example:

Google Images Subject Fail

For more sorting options, see google.com/landing/imagesorting/.

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Comments:

Shearer Painting

05/10/2011 12:55 pm

Barry, makes me wonder if Google (or Bing) will implement an XML sitemap feature for images similar to the current XML sitemap for video to improve search-ability. @spanaway:twitter

Pali Madra

05/12/2011 07:29 am

This is a neat addition which would propel the use of Google images search as it can be used to search for stock images.

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