Saturday, November 21, 2009

Google Image Swirl

Google Image search is a very comprehensive search engine to find photos and all kinds of images that have been posted publicly on the Internet. It does offer a few sorting and filtering options and can even find related images to one of the selected images on the results pages. Google Image Swirl takes this concept a step further by solely concentrating on the related images concept. It is currently an experimental service over at Google Labs.
Google Image Swirl starts of like any other Google Image search. The user enters a search phrase in the search form on the page. The script will then display possible matches for that entered search phrase. So far so identical to the standard Google Image search engine.
Differences begin to appear after the selection of one of the results.

Google Image Swirl will display the image and related images in the same interface instead of loading the website that is containing the image. Related images are placed around the selected image with lines showing their relation. Even better is the fact that second tier relations are shown as well on the page. A click on the central image will load that image in the website that is was published on.
It is however also possible to click on one of the related images to navigate further into that path. This can be a very interesting way of exploring images about a specific subject. Google Image Swirl is an experimental service that is open to all users over at Google Labs.

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