Saturday, December 1, 2007

Search for Faces on Google Images

I've used Google Images many times, to find images that would suit my posts. But I never knew that there is an extra, undocumented parameter, that can make my search easier and more precise.

The parameter is imgtype and it takes 2 values: news and face. I'll let the images do the talking.

Here's what you get when your search term is "gates":
You can see good old Bill, whose image I was looking for, appears the first time at the 13th place, after various gates.

Here's what you get when you add &imgtype=face at the end of the URL:

Clearly we're getting somewhere here - with more people pictures than abstract gates.

Now, when you use &imgtype=news, you get this:

Now you get pictures of Robert Gates, the US Secretary of Defense, who's been in the spotlight lately.
Why not give it a try? Search Google Images

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