Searching via Image in Google – Arghhhh – ‘reverse search’

Where did that come from???

Boring pre amble:

So – I just had an email about a colleague retiring from work after many years of service. I didn’t know this person so did a sneaky wee Google search (because I am nosey like that) and guess what happened?

I clicked on images and got the usual rogues gallery  – then I noticed the following words:

Search Google with an image instead of text. Try dragging an image here.

When did this happen?

Searching by image
Searching for myself

Obviously in the search above I have searched for myself as I don’t want the poor person who is retiring to know I was creeping on them.

Anyhoo – look what happens when you drag a person along into the search bar –

facial recognition
My search results



Does this mean that the guys who make Catfish are now out of business? As if you are chatting online to someone – and they send you ‘their picture’. You can do a wee facial recognition check and see who they are actually are!

Royalty free and FEE

This feature will also be handy for content producers when deciding whether an image is copyright protected, royalty free – or wherever the hell else it appears online.

On the flip side of that – people who own copyright can also have a wee sneaky check of their image to see where it appears and send a cheeky demand (for money or removal from the web).

So how do you do it?? I am well behind the pack – but there are 5 ways:

1. Search for an image from your computer:

  • Visit or click the camera icon camera icon in the search box on any Images results page.
  • Click Upload an image.
  • Click Choose file.
  • Select the image from your computer.

2. Drag and Drop
If supported – drag and image from your computer into the search box.

  • Visit
  • Click the image on your computer you want to search for.
  • While holding down the mouse, drag the image into the search box.

3. Search using the image URL
On any website, right-click an image and select Copy image URL.

  • Visit or click the camera icon camera icon in the search box on any Images results page.
  • Click Paste image URL.
  • Paste the URL you copied into the box.
  • Click Search by image.

4. Right-click an image ( Chrome and Firefox only)

This varies by operating system.

Google Advice:

Search by image works best when the image is likely to show up in other places on the web. So you’ll get more results for famous landmarks than you will for personal images like your latest family photo.

Cheers Google.

Unsure if I am going to use this but quite like the fact that you can – feels like I am in a crappy 80’s movie and the world is eating itself.


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