Hope everyone is having a fun April fools, I got duped by google.com today. They changed their name to Topeka and it wasn’t until a few minutes later that I realized what day it was! Good one.
But on another note, most of you know how I like to keep track of my images when used on other sites. I use several tools and methods to do it and one specific reverse image search tool has become a favorite of mine. I browse the Internet with Firefox, not IE and use a plugin called TinEye. In the past, the database of images they had was low so it didn’t work so well. A few months ago I started using it again about once a week to randomly check some of my images, and last week I finally got a hit!
One of my images, along with a few others, was uploaded to flickr by someone in a different state. They uploaded the images as their own, which is a big no, no. I followed my regular method of removing the pictures from the site. (You can read about how to do it here.) TinEye is not perfect, but using it as a plugin rather than directly from their website makes it much easier to use. I must admit that if I had to go to their site to check on an image, I wouldn’t, but as a plugin its great. Its a matter of right clicking over one of my images on this site and clicking the plugin. Within a few seconds it tells me if my picture is found on another site in the Internet.
So does TinEye really work? I think it does, at least a little.