What’s that we see? Oh, why of course. You’ve changed your Facebook profile pic to be that of your doppelgänger, Penelope Cruz. Wondering how your 700 Facebook friends manage to find that single, unlawfully attractive celebrity lookalike? Cue Google Search by Image technology. While Google’s release of search by image was initially announced a year ago, the accuracy if the tool is notably better today. Google’s explanation of the functionality includes:
Drag and drop Drag and drop an image from the web or your computer into the search box on images.google.com.
Upload an Image On images.google.com, click the camera icon, then select “Upload an image.” Select the image you want to use to start your search.
Copy and Paste a URL for an Image Found an image on the web you’re curious about? Right-click the image to copy the URL. On images.google.com, click the camera icon, and “Paste image URL”.
Right Click an Image on the Web To search by image even faster, download the Chrome extension or the Firefox extension. With the extension installed, simply right-click an image on the web to search Google with that image.
To demonstrate the accuracy of search by image, we’ve selected a dapper photo of staffer, Zac Stafford and mapped the process. 1. We took an image result from a contextual search of his name and dragged the image to the search bar.
2. Google produces a series of web page results where the same image is housed, along with a preview of like-images.