Today’s press conference for unveiling a new product came in the form of Image Search – an entirely new way to think about the formerly static image finding service that was available for Google. Not only will the way that image show up after a search change, data that formerly was on the bottom of each picture will no longer be there. This improves the user interface and makes it look slicker than before.
Each page can now load one thousand images – something that makes sense since it seems that pretty often I cannot find the best image one the first page of results anyways. Also soon to be added will be advertising – likely similar to the way it is now being done for video. Ads on YouTube are slowly starting to gain traction, and it is important for Google to continue to develop its advertising business to keep investors happy with the company’s performance.
While about ten percent of users are seeing the new Image Search, when I went to take a look I was sadly not one of them yet. But I did discover something new while I was there: Image Swirl.
Image Swirl takes a topic (Notre Dame was preselected here) and gives you associated images in a logically mapped way.