Constant refinement by Google – Image search results

While I was watching Bond’s Dr No on the weekend, I wanted to see what Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress) looked like now so I Googled her. Most of the images were from the Bond movie. The thing that caught my eye was that Google have introduced (or are testing) the ‘roll over to enlarge’ image functionality.

Obviously, this isn’t anything new for most sites, but it’s something new for Google. I love that Google are constantly looking for new things to improve their offering and service results. See below for the key screens.

SEARCH RESULTS JOURNEY

Google Images Search Results - Honey Ryder

Google Images Search Results - Honey Ryder

Google Images Search Results Enhancements - Honey Ryder

Google Images Search Results Enhancements - Honey Ryder

Google Images Search Results Enhancements - Honey Ryder highlight

Google Images Search Results Enhancements - Honey Ryder highlight

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR WEBSITES AND COMPANIES?

  • NAMING: the naming of images is going to be even more important, as people will be able to see what the names are and how they relate to the images.
  • DESCRIPTION: the description surrounding the images will be important, as part of it will be displayed under the ‘roll over’ state.
  • QUALITY: the quality of the image will need to be considered. Small (dimensions) and low resolution images will look terrible expanded or enlarged.
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One Response to Constant refinement by Google – Image search results

  1. Cameron says:

    Hi Dom,

    The Naming, Description, Quality are all part of what is known as Metadata or “data about data” it is what every single search agent relies on for refined results. It is also what languages like XML can sort in lightning speed and will be the enabler of “Contextual Search” (part of Web 3.0) as we know it.

    The problem is of course is that very few users ever bother to “tag” content with Metadata, for example do you ever fill in the File Properties in a new Word doc.?

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