Google Wants to Index and Organize Web Images

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Yesterday, we told you that Google will be making Flash contents searchable in cooperation with Adobe. Now, we found through a video interview with R.J. Pittman, Google’s Director of Product Management for Consumer Search Properties, that Google will also be working on image processing technology to effectively search and organize the web’s trillion of images. Of course, we know the underlying purposes of this, as like other web properties that Google’s search engine crawls – monetization.

Where as currently, Google indexes photos primarily by text and other metadata, with Google’s planned image processing and visual search technology, the search engine wants to crawl the pixels comprising those images as well as scene analysis.

Mr. Pittman also mentioned about Panoramio, a web-based photo uploading site with geo-tagging feature that we don’t remember hearing about before.

Arnold Zafra
Arnold Zafra writes daily on the announcements by Google,, Yahoo & MSN along with how these announcements effect web publishers. He is currently building... Read Full Bio
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