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February 2, 2010

TinEye (Epsode 2): 'Give it an image and it will tell you where the image appears on the web'


About a year and a half ago, reader Joel Ordesky tipped me off to this nifty site  — "Give it an image and it will tell you where the image appears on the web."

From time to time a reader notes that one of my "What is it?" posts can be quickly traced and identified using TinEye's reverse image search to find the source.

I think that's pretty darn cool.

But it has always seemed to me and my crack research team here at bookofjoe®™ World Headquarters that there are two types of people in the world: those who would use a reverse image search engine to identify something, and those others who'd never dream of doing such a thing but instead propose original, sometimes downright confounding and oftimes wonderfully weird identifications of the featured items.

There's a big tent here so both crowds are more than welcome: heck, I'll take anyone who can fog a mirror.

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But since you know about the site, in recent times, I have only found two of your What is It?s on Tin Eye!!!!! Tin Eye is NOT all seeing!!!!

Posted by: Virginia | Feb 3, 2010 11:18:29 AM

Not addressing clifyt's situation, it just reminded me of what I keep thinking: it seems like there's something seriously askew in all the interweb subterfuge, on both sides, in the dating/meeting arena. Or is that actually part of the qualifying in socializing now - proof of internet nimbleness, regardless of results (satisfying or not)? More & more I'm coming to believe that evidence uncovered in a googly (or however) kind of way is a lie, no matter how true, verifiable, un-photoshopped and incontrovertible it is. Not saying it's not fun; saying it's profoundly flawed.

Posted by: Flautist | Feb 2, 2010 5:51:17 PM

Heh! Before I gave up women for the new year (same with booze...I'm waiting to see which breaks first), I used this site to check out girls who sent me images before I wrote back...most of the time, if it was too good to be true, TinEye found the image elsewhere (though once, it was able to discern the girls name and her website, which was a good thing...she tried keeping the site away from me, but was blogging about our dates and otherwise...I was able to dump her before she dumped me!!!)

Great site...

Posted by: clifyt | Feb 2, 2010 5:19:58 PM

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