Google Image Search Find Your Photos Fast

Google Image Search

Have you ever wondered, where all of those photos that you uploaded to the web have ended up.

They may have been on Facebook to start with, but they do get shared around and can end up in the most unlikely places.

In some cases they are used by commercial companies to sell products. Wouldn't it be great, if we could find where they all are.

What if someone is using your photos without your permission? Wouldn't you want to know.

Find your photos by using Google Picture Search.

You put in your photo and off it goes; to find every example of that photo on the web.

This information can be very helpful in copyright disputes.

Image search works on both Google Chrome and Mozilla's Firefox browsers.

Alternative Text

Why use alternative text tags on your photos.

When writing a description for your photos, it is useful to bear in mind that many people have visual problems and may rely on the text accompanying the photo.

It serves two purposes. When someone hovers their mouse over the photo, the Alt text appears and can be vocalized by programs such as Microsoft's Narrator.

This text may describe the contents on the photo and give further information on the topic.

It also acts as Meta data that the search engines can use to identify the photo more accurately.

This can be very helpful, if you want your work to be found of course.

The photo on my computer has a number, this matches the copy of the photo on the web.

Now every instance of that photo/number combination will be searched for.

That's just the start of what this tool can do.

Find Your Photos

The old saying, that. 'A picture paints a 1000 words' should be updated to 'An alt tagged picture, can save 1,000's of words.

The image search program in the example below, is associating a picture of an Owl, with sleep disorders, as that is where the picture was used, and where it primarily resides.


Image search

Firstly it searches the web and returns all incidences of that photo so you can see where it is being used.
Firstly it searches the web and returns all incidences of that photo so you can see where it is being used. | Source

Try It Out

Be careful when using the same image on multiply posts. It may be detrimental unless they are closely related.

Let's give it a whirl.

Click on the link below or open another browser window, and type Google image search into your browser.

Then follow the steps replacing my photo selections for your own photos.

Simple User Interface

Click here to upload or paste in an image.  Courtesy of ©Google
Click here to upload or paste in an image. Courtesy of ┬ęGoogle | Source
 I chose a picture of two owls from my picture files on my home computer..It uploads and then comes the clever bit.
I chose a picture of two owls from my picture files on my home computer..It uploads and then comes the clever bit. | Source

Find Photos

You can see that it appears, that several hubs have used my Owl image. Don't panic! This is not the case.

The reason they 'appear' to be on other hubs, is because we have used similar keywords, or commented on each others hubs, there is a connection between us, and the image.

Secondly the hubpages carousel at the bottom is showing related hubs, that may be referencing my hub, or showing the picture from my hub on another carousel. As seen below.

This is all perfectly normal.

Image Search Engine is Working it all out

Finding the photos on other hub Carousel's shows the Image search engine at work
Finding the photos on other hub Carousel's shows the Image search engine at work | Source

Key Word Associations

So far so good. We have searched the web and found several instances, where this photo has been used.

These picture searches are looking pretty important and not just to Google either.

Hub associated photos. This hub shows another association on the keyword 'Sleep disorders'. These search associations are deep indeed.

No need to back-link at all, just use good keywords, and Alt Tags.

Organic growth will take care of the rest. It may take a little longer but it frees up time.

Owls Appearing on other hubbers Carousel's This appeared here because the Owl picture was used on a hub with the key word Sleep apnea.
Owls Appearing on other hubbers Carousel's This appeared here because the Owl picture was used on a hub with the key word Sleep apnea. | Source

Strawberries Health Benefits

Correct webpage interlinking can help your work rise in search rankings. Don't just link to anything. It must be related and relevant
Correct webpage interlinking can help your work rise in search rankings. Don't just link to anything. It must be related and relevant | Source

Found my Photos of Strawberries

Image search engine did well here. This hub was only published a few days before.
Image search engine did well here. This hub was only published a few days before. | Source

Find New Photos

My next photo search was for my photo of strawberries.

The interesting thing is that at the time of writing, the strawberry article was only 2 weeks old, but it has been on page 2 of Google from the second day of publication.

This result tells us, that it has already been properly identified, assimilated and recognized as a photo of strawberries..

The Google algorithm and picture search functions have fully associated it, with other photographic examples of strawberries content.

It is Google's algorithm doing this associating. Trying to second guess Google is fruitless. Excuse the pun.

Kings College Chapel Cambridge

This iconic image is available as a poster, mug or greetings card.
This iconic image is available as a poster, mug or greetings card. | Source

Image Search on Buildings

Lets try another picture and see what we get. Now this is an interesting result.

New search on King's College Chapel, Cambridge

Here is a photo of the world famous iconic King's College Chapel of Cambridge.

It was just a numbered picture and was not labeled (Alt tagged) as being an image of King's. (it is now)

It has returned 73 instances of the photo. Not all mine, but it has correctly identified the building. Which is pretty amazing.

Google picture search has accurately identified the image, as that of King's college. Which is pretty remarkable in itself.


Punting in Cambridge

Punting in Cambridge
Punting in Cambridge | Source

Find Your Photos

Hope you found this helpful. It is another very impressive tool.

Good hunting and let me know when, where and if, you find your photos in weird places.

Good for spotting copies of your work on the web. It is an amazing time saver.

Thanks for reading see you next time.

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grand old lady 2 years ago from Philippines

This is a very helpful hub and very interesting, too. I will be searching for my photos in a bit. Thank you for sharing.


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molometer 3 years ago Author

Thanks tillsontitan it is amazing where some of our photos end up. Copyright protection is a real issue today.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

It is always to our advantage to have more knowledge. This is a great one for sure. Thank you for sharing.

Voted up, useful, and interersting.


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molometer 3 years ago Author

@Brett @Cyndi

Thanks for popping in and leaving your comments.

Happy New Year

Michael.


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cclitgirl 3 years ago from Western NC

Very interesting. I should get to searching, though I think at this point I have thousands of photos...it could take a lifetime to search them all, haha.


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Brett.Tesol 3 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Awesome hub and very interesting! The pictures with a tag, title, or link to the content make a huge difference. It is only recently that I too have been learning the power of videos and pictures for viral linking, it is natural and can work wonders!!!

Shared, pinned, tweeted, up, useful and awesome.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hello Ladies, (Minnetonka Twin)

This is a pretty useful little tool. It is quite surprising where our photos end up and very interesting too.

I'll get back to you on the other thing you mentioned.

Michael


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota

What a useful and interesting hub. It's amazing how you can learn something new daily about the web and tools to help out. I can't wait to try this. Hope all is well my friend.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hi Aurelio,

Thanks for the visit. Made me think about this again.

I have added a few examples of how to use alt tags with photos, to make them traceable, hopefully this is a little more helpful.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Thanks for laying out the basics of this tool. A lot of newbies don't know where to get photos, and images add so much to a hub. Voting this Up and Useful.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hi everyone and thank you all for your comments.

I have spent the last few days tracking down where my pictures have ended up.

I can see why people are concerned about Pinterest and similar sites.

It appears that they can 'pin' or use our hub photos, without reading our hubs?

Google picture search is a great tool but I am a little concerned that Google isn't protecting our content. Considering that they 'know' where everything 'is'? i.e. being 'page viewed'?


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Thank you for this information, molometer. One day I am going to take the time to search for my pictures. I've noticed that pictures that was posted in articles now unpublished (by their authors) are still on the Internet!


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Modern Lady 4 years ago from Chicago, IL

This is a really useful thing to know about. I will be trying to find some of my photos. Thanks.


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howlermunkey 4 years ago from Tampa, FL

Excellent Hub! Thanks for sharing this tool. I'm archiving this hub in my "references". Voted up and Sharing.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

This is amazing! I never realized we could do this. I am going to look up some of my pictures now. Voted this up, awesome and sharing! Great hub! :)


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christin53 4 years ago from UK

Very interesting I shall be checking my pictures now. Thanks for sharing.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

No Worries Nell,

When you use it a few times you will get the idea. Then you can apply it to your photos. It is pretty amazing.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Thanks Michael, I think I understand now, sometimes it takes a while for it to sink in! lol!


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hello RTalloni,

It is fascinating. I did a search a few days ago and found out that I am ranked at number 5 on the web, as a source of useful information.

I have never heard of the website but it is apparently a very well respected site.

Who knew we were being ranked ? by these other sites. I'll have to find it again as it was very interesting.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hi Mary615,

Can I refer you to the answer I gave to Nell in these comments. Should make sense if not let me know.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hello forlanda,

Your right, it is a great tool and like all things. The more we learn about things the more valuable they become. In terms of time saving this has been a great asset.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hello Nell,

It's not dumb at all. I am sure many people didn't get straight away.

All photos on your computer will have a unique number or you can rename it, so that it states what it is. i.e. photo of Kings college chapel as in the example above.

When you use it in a hub or webpage, Google picture search reads this name and associates it with similar content. Simple.

It generates back links for you.

There is a link to a hub on ALT tags above.

Worth a read if you are still unsure.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hello yougotme, (Renz)

Glad you found this hub helpful. I have been using it for a while now and now find it indispensable.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hello Vespawolf,

Since the introduction of HTML5 and it's improved graphic handling.(web2) The web has been moving towards photos and images as key elements for search. That is why all these new websites are predominantly image based. Pinterest etc.

I am happy to know you found this useful.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hello Justin,

Glad you found it useful. There have been many such image search engines but this latest refinement is pretty amazing.


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forlanda 4 years ago from US of A

This goes to show that there is something to be learned everyday. I use Google's image search regularly and never realized you can actually take a photo and use it to search. This is great!


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yougotme 4 years ago from Manila

This hub really contain a lot of useful information. And the steps are indeed very easy to go through. Thanks for this! :)


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Um, sorry, I don't mean to be dumb, but now I have looked I am not sure what you mean exactly about the Alt bit, and where do I place it on my photos? sorry, probably me being my usual 'can't grasp the obvious' lol! thanks in advance, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, this sounds like a great idea, I am going to have to go and see if I can find mine, never realised any of this, so thanks!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I just went to google search and searched for my photos. I put in my profile photo and wow! It brought up all kinds of neat info about me. Questions I've asked in the Forums, etc.etc. Very enlightening. I still don't know how to tag my photos in the Hub with that alt something. I'm waiting for your kind answer.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Helpful? I should say so. I can see that going through the comments will be beneficial and I'll be returning to do that real soon. Thanks much for putting this info together for us!


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

Wow, this is super useful information. I had no idea. I'm just beginning to realize the importance of alt tags on our photos. I'm going to have to go back and do some revisions on old hubs! I've marked this for further study...I plan to look up some of my photos. Thanks so much for another great hub! Voted up and shared.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Nice work, Molometer. I discovered this tool about a year ago and it has been such a time saver. I wish i would have read this hub earlier :-)


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hello Marchi,

They certainly are. It's a great way to track down copyright infringements as well.


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Marchi 4 years ago from Australia

And the results are endless....


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hello Cyndi10,

It is one of those things. The more we think about it, the more we may realize, just how powerful this little picture search tool really is.

Think of it. Pinterest, Facebook and even hubpages have all gone down the 'photo image' search route.

People like Photos. So give them Photos as links. Simple.

This can be seen on the front pages of all the above mentioned sites. This is a key new trend, in web 2 design. Not just another image search engine.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hello Dwachira,

It is surprising that these three little letters can be so powerful.

Alt tags on photos, have really made a big difference in the search patterns of today.

Consider the proliferation of photo based sites on the web. You can see just how important it is, to tag those photos correctly. Means more accurate traffic to your hubs.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hello Au fait,

Thank you for sharing too. Sharing is caring. We could all do with knowing where our work ends up. Google picture search does it for free.

Other image search engine's, bombard us with ads to join their system, and they are not as good as this freebie. Happy hunting.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hello jainismus,

I think your are right, it will be very useful to every hubber. Good to know where our work is being viewed and used on the web.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hello Rajan,

It should speed up your picture search, which has to be useful. Also good to see where our photos are on the web.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Hi, This was some really great info. I'm going to start looking for my pics and then go back to my hubs to amend them, if needed, following your suggestions. Thanks!!!


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dwachira 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Great tutorial molometer and i have learnt something new today, i didn't know a three letter word like "Alt" can do such wonders. Thanks for the information. Voted up and useful. Enjoy your day.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas

Very useful. I've learned so many things this summer from you and other hubbers, and I still have a lot left to learn. Appreciate you sharing this info. Will share this hub with my followers.


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India

This information is very useful for every Hubber, thank you Molometer for sharing it.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Excellent information Michael. Bookmarking this hub so that I can come back later when I' a bit more free to work it out.

Thanks for sharing.

Voted up as useful and interesting.

Shared this.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hi TToombs08,

As image search engine's go. this is right up there with the best and it's free. Have a great time and find your photos.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hi prasetio30,

Good to hear from you. Glad you found this useful. Have fun searching for your photos. They are so important.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hi sandrabusby,

Have fun. It's a great little picture search tool.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hello mindyjgirl,

I thought it would be good for tracking down people too. kidnap victims and so forth.

Image search engines have been around for decades in fact.

I used them in the 1980s. Nowhere near as good as this one though.

The Google picture search, is a relatively new product. Came out 2011 I believe.

You should have put your one out there, 3 years ago maybe? :)


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hi Alastar,

I hear you buddy. I have 1000's of picture's out there too. It will be interesting listening to the feedback when hubbers start finding their work.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hi girishpuri,

thanks f0r dropping in and leaving a comment. Much appreciated. Happy searching.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Wow, molometer, that is REALLY freakin' cool! Thank you for pointing this out and explaining how to use it! New toy!!! :)


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very informative hub. For me, a picture is part of the soul of my writing. Thanks for share with us. Voted up and useful!

Best wishes, Prasetio


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sandrabusby 4 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

Thanks, molometer. I don't quite get it, yet. But I'm going to try it out.


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mindyjgirl 4 years ago from Cottage Grove, Oregon

LOL how long have they had this? I thought of this idea about 3 years ago and was going to present it to them and pictures of people as well so you could see if anyone was using your id, or lost children.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Got lots of personal pictures out there but really don't mind if folks use them though some are probably worth holding a strict copyright on. Still, its going to be interesting to see where they are. Great info Michael. Up useful interest and shared!


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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

Thank you so much for the helpful article, i will try this, useful hub.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hi Tammy,

Track those photos down. You will be amazed where they have ended up.

The stories have been coming thick and fast of where some hubbers work has appeared. Let's get those royalties.

Find your photos, and then think about how long these people have been benefiting from your work?

It is so much more, than a just simple image search engine.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hello Ruby,

Sometimes it's the little things like this that we overlook. Then a year later kick ourselves for not 'getting' it first time around. Happy searching.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

I didn't know this existed. This is very helpful information, especially for my online jewelry store. Thanks for writing this!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

This would be great, I'll certainly try it. Thank you..


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hi Sam,

Thank the stars that someone got it straight away. I knew it would take time for it to truly sink in.

This thing is incredible powerful. Google picture search does all the work for us.

We just have to be mindful of how we name those photos and leave Google to figure it out. And believe me it does. Big time.

I was astonished at the quality of the back links and because it is Google doing it. No chance of a Google slap for keyword stuffing or any of that other nonsense that everyone complains about.

Thanks for getting it straight off the bat Sam. Share it with your people and help them too.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hi Moonlake.

It is surprising where 'our' photos end up isn't it. Imagine going into that market place yourself and asking for the chandelier lol they would freak.

This picture search is a real eye opener. Are you going to slap them with a copyright infringement?

If they have been using it for years, it could be worth the effort, financially?


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hi Whidbeywriter,

Google picture search has opened up a whole new world of effortless back linking too. That is what I found astonishing. Potentially no more need to visit all those social media sites.

It's also great fun and so helpful in tracking where all those Photos are.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hi Cindy ,

Also handy for finding copyright protection abuses. I found 3 of my photos on 2 Chinese and a Japanese blog site.

I will be searching for more too.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Thanks Bill,

We aim to please lol. It is a really useful little tool. I love tracking down Photos that I may have posted years ago. Too see where they are now. It can be quite surprising. lol These image search engines are getting very smart.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

We can use this tool to track photos from our computers, that are not in hubs.

But are on the internet. Hope that clarify it's purpose?


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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee

Thanks so much for this helpful information. I had never thought of the possibilities of back-links with the photos. Amazing! Voted up, useful, interesting and shared...


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

I have found my photos on places they shouldn't be. I pull my photos into Google Chrome image and find them that way. One of a chandelier ended up on a market place in Norway I think it was. People are really going to be upset when they get to that market and the chandelier is not there. I guess they will just tell them they sold it. Really enjoyed reading your hub and will try this out. Voted Up.


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Whidbeywriter 4 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

This is so cool, can't wait to try it. I love Google and all it's applications they save you time and energy when writing online. Thanks for this awesome tip!!!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

What a wonderful, great, and so thorough method of saving and retreiving pictures. Great job! Thanks for sharing!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Michael, that was useful and fascinating. Now I'm going to go play and see what I can find. Well done my friend; you are a fountain of knowledge, all of it interesting.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hi Susan,

Thanks for sharing your method of getting to Google's image search. I must say I am impressed with this much a more detailed and deeper search tool. Microsoft do have a similar tool too.

We can track exactly where our photos have ended up. In some quite surprising places too. I found one of my photos on 2 blogs in China and 1 in Japan.?


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

The way I do a search online for my own pictures is to right click on the picture and choose "Search image on Google" . I'm using Windows 7 and I don't recall this being available on XP or previous operating systems. I will try your way as well.

Very useful with easy to follow instructions. Sharing and voting +++

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