Google event: Revamped Image search

July 20, 2010: 12:46 PM ET

Marissa Mayer Google VP of Search Products and User Experience and (monetization man)Ben Ling today announced a new Google Image search page.

Update: Google has a posted to its blog on the subject and a video embedded below:


- Google Images does 1 billion pageviews a day (impressive!)

- Many unexpected uses like "how to build a treehouse"  or pulling line art to make coloring books.

- Ben Ling:  Numbers: 2001 (launch) 250 million photos. 2005: 1 billion images. today: 10 billion

- With the new interface, you can now get 1000 images on a single search result page.


- Now there will be ads on Google Images -(Add 1 billion more places Google will have ads - $$$$$ - and now you know what Ling was up to )

Ben Ling (it must be cold in there!) showing new Google Images - via

Google Image Advertising via

-Here's an incredible capability  from the Blog post:

There's even more sophisticated computer vision technology powering our "Similar images" tool. For example, did you know there are nine subspecies of leopards, each with a distinct pattern of spots? Google Images can recognize the difference, returning just leopards of a particular subspecies. It can tell you the name of the subspecies in a particular image—even if that image isn't labeled—because other similar leopard images on the web are labeled with that subspecies's name.

- You can now do geo-searching and time searches on images based on metadata (this will be very cool!).

- 10% of users are getting new version now.  By end of week, everyone should get it (scaling out).

That's all for now ( is still old for me - for you?)

I'll be looking for a blog post or special announcement and update this page when it becomes available.

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Google went from searching the Web to worming its way into nearly every facet of business and government. Seth Weintraub unveils where the company is going, who it's competing with, who it's about to compete with and how market forces push the company to veer or adhere to its Don't Be Evil motto. For 15 years, Weintraub was a global IT director for a number of companies before becoming a blogger.

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