Google image search vs. TinEye
September 18, 2011
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Even though it is nearly two years old, I hadn’t known until now that Google has a reverse image search as well. I always used TinEye. Now I tried Google’s service (they call it search by image) for the first time. In general, it is superior.
The main reason I do reverse image searches at all is that I want to know what a certain picture shows. With TinEye, I can only hope that one of the search results has a meaningful filename or is embedded into a page that gives some explanations, while Google usually (not always) delivers directly. Besides, Google’s database is more up-to-date than TinEye’s.
On the other hand, TinEye’s search results are more systematic. I can sort them by image size, which is great when I want a larger version of an image than the one I have. I can sort them by most similar or most modified, which can be useful as well. And finally, TinEye’s Firefox plugin works without problems, Google’s is not compatible with 6.0.2, which is currently the latest version of Firefox.