Google Images has some features little known to users and that can be useful when using the tool. The Google search service allows the user to use filters to find the best photo, remove improper images from the results and can recognize commands used when searching for links to optimize the search. The platform also has a curious fact about its launch: the singer Jennifer Lopez is directly linked to the creation of the service. Check out seven curiosities about Google Images below.
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1. J-Lo motivated the creation of Google Images
Google Images was created in 2001, three years after the founding of Google, and the reason was quite curious. After singer Jennifer Lopez emerged wearing a Versace dress at the Grammy award in 2000, the artist's fans started searching for photos of the piece on Google, at a time when the engine does not yet have a section dedicated only to images, and results pointed only to text links.
Then Google CEO Eric Schmidt revealed that the dress reached the top of the polls on the night of the awards and the next day, and they needed to update the platform to meet those searches. After the emergence of this demand, engineers worked to develop Google Images, which was launched the following year.
Jennifer Lopez at the 2000 Grammy, wearing a dress that motivated the creation of Google Images Photo: Reproduo / Getty Images
Recently, Jennifer Lopez wore a new version of the dress, which became known as Jungle Dress, during the Versace show at Milo's Fashion Week. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the unusual event, Google also participated in the event, decorating the space with the virtual reality painting application Tilt Brush. On another occasion, Gigante de Buscas responded to a video of J-Lo on Twitter with a business card that credits the singer as Director of Inspiration for Google Images.
2. it is possible to do a reverse search with a photo
The reverse search service, created in 2011, allows users to use an image to find other similar photos. To do this, simply drag an image into the search engine's search field and the system will find similar photos, sites that contain that image or itself in other available sizes. You can also do this search using the URL of an image or uploading a file stored on your computer.
3. Filters for advanced image search
Google Images allows the user to use filters to refine the photo search. Accessing the Tools tab, it is possible to search for images of a certain size, color, type and time of publication. The results are updated immediately after choosing the options and appear on the same search screen.
Advanced Google Images search has several filters to refine the search Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes
In addition to this alternative, the Advanced Search section, also available in the top menu, but hidden in the Settings button, offers other possibilities for refinement, this time, more detailed. The user can determine the exact words, phrases and expressions of the search, choose the aspect ratio, the region where it was published and the website where it is hosted.
4. Google commands also work on Images
Google has some commands that make searching easier, such as using quotation marks to search for a specific term, for example. Some of these codes are well known, but others, equally useful, are little used in searches. These codes also work on Google Images, and can make searching for photos even easier, displaying more objective results.
Try, for example, entering the term site: site name to view only images published on that page. Or use the filetype: GIF command to search for results in this single file format.
Google Images responds to Google search commands Foto: Reproduo / Google
5. Care for copyright
The files found in Google Images may contain copyrights that prohibit use and reproduction without the author's release. The search engine alerts users that the content of the site is protected by displaying the phrase "Images may be subject to copyright" under each image. In addition, it is possible to use search for royalty free images through the Rights of use button, located in the Tools section. The user may choose to view photos released for reuse or modification for commercial purposes, or not.
Filtering Google search results Foto: Reproduo / Helito Bijora
In 2018, Google Images removed a button that made it easier to download images to your computer, following claims by photographers and editors.
6. Filter to avoid improper images
Google Images has the SafeSearch feature, ideal for use at work or by children. The function allows you to activate a filter that removes explicit content from the results found, hiding pornographic images from the screen, for example. Google explains that the measure is useful because it always displays the most relevant results for the user's search, and among these items may be improper images. SafeSearch can be enabled in the top right corner of the Google Images screen.
Google's SafeSearch also works in the Image section Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes
7. Integration with Google Lens
In 2019, Google Images for mobile gained integration with Google Lens. By pressing the button, Google allows you to scan the photos found in Google Images so that Lens identifies objects present in these images. recognize objects such as furniture, shirt prints, or decorative items, for example, to search for more information about them directly on Google, such as a link to an online store where the product is for sale.
Google Lens searches for objects within photos on Google Images Photo: Divulgao / Google