by Zain Ul Abadeen
Reading Time: 20 min
December 3rd, 2019

Enjoy the Wonders of Reverse Image Search

We live in a world of technology and the internet, where everything is only a click away. And thanks to a variety of search engines, we can access the whole world by simply typing a word or a phrase. It is a day to day slang now that if you don’t know anything, or if you are confused about something, just Google it.

Google, being the name of a search engine, but due to its vast popularity globally, it has become a household name like Coca Cola or Pepsi. Instead of saying, ‘let’s search this on the internet,’ we say ‘Let’s Google it.’ 

Thanks to Google and the internet in general, we can partially diagnose what ailment or disease we have by looking up the symptoms on Google; we can listen to the latest music videos right after they are released, and now, with Netflix, we even have home cinemas.

And, just when we thought life could not get any easier, and technology could not get more advanced, we came across this amazing technique of Image Search!

So, What’s the Fuss About?

Nowadays, there are many search engines available that when you upload a picture or image for reverse search, it helps you quickly discover visually similar images from around the web. Or simply put: give it an image and it will tell you where the similar images appear on the web! Interesting right? I find it absolutely cool. 

It is a content-based image retrieval query technique that involves providing the CBIR system with a sample image that it will base its search upon; in terms of information retrieval, the sample image is what formulates a search query. It will help you find the original source of photographs, memes, and profile pictures on your device.

The Wonders of the Internet

Journalists can use the reverse search option to find the original source of an image or to know the approximate date when a picture was first published on the internet.

The search is pretty much standardized. If you wanted information on the most beautiful places on the planet, all you had to do is key in your search term, and the search engine will return the best results it finds. Now in a different scenario, you found the picture of a really exotic and breathtaking location that you admired so much? And you didn’t know anything about it, so that’s where image search comes in handy.

It Works Like A Breeze!

Searching by images instead of keywords is surely interesting. It is useful for verifying the source of photographs, WhatsApp images, screenshots, and memes. Tinder and Facebook users have used ‘search by image‘ to research profile pictures of their potential dates while travelers use it to find the photo’s location.

With reverse photo lookup, you could actually do fascinating things, like the following:

Find out more about the object in the image; 

The picture of the exotic place and you find its exact location and all of its details

Find visually similar images; 

you get to see even more breathtaking views of that very place you loved!

Find the original sources of that image; 

if you need to credit the right source of a particular photograph but have difficulty in discovering who the original creator is, then reverse image finder is your answer.

Find plagiarized photos; 

photo pilferers may think they are smart, but Google image search makes you smarter. If you have some original photos and want to know if someone is using them without your permission or giving any credits, then reverse image search is your friend to the rescue. You will get to see how many other pages have your image.

Create backlink opportunities; 

so, when you find people who are using your photographs without attributing any credits to you, you could ask them to mention you as the owner or author and tag you either or link back to your page. 

Identify people, places, and products; 

if you have photos of anything and you want to get more information about it, then reverse image search is your go-to. For example, if you’ve seen a dress you loved on the internet, you simply put that picture up, and you will be traced to exactly that brand’s page or website. Happy shopping with that!

Discover more versions of a particular image; 

maybe your current version of an image is not getting the job done. With reverse image lookup, you can get more versions of a particular image, whether that means a different size, format, or one that is clearer in graphics and not as blurry.

Detect fake accounts; 

this is great to identify people misusing social media by adopting fake identities. If you think you are cute or even simply photogenic, and generally, people cannot stop gushing over your pictures. You may as well check with reverse image search right now if someone might be using your photo on a fake social media account! So, keep your personal reputation clean.

Now many search engines claim that the images you upload in their tool is 100% safe and secure. Although some save the content in their database, most do not. Never forget to go through the Privacy Policy of the service you are using.