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TinEye – the reverse image search engine.

I’ve recently noticed that a number of photos from my blog have been copied and this got me thinking about how to find where they might have been reused on other websites. A quick search for a tool to do this revealed TinEye. From their About page:

TinEye is a reverse image search engine. It finds out where an image came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or if there is a higher resolution version.

I have found that the browser plugins provided are much more convenient when searching for already online content, just right click on an image to perform a search from the context menu. For offline images, you’ll need to go to the website and use the uploader there.

Since my own images don’t appear to be popular enough, let’s take a look at a real world example with mate Leonid’s Starbucks caramel waffle. And as I cannot link to the current results (they expire after 72 hours), here is a screenshot of what to expect:

Starbucks caramel waffle

As you can see, TinEye does a very good job of locating copies of the images, even resized ones and provides links to the new images, as well as to where they have been used. Nice tool to have in your toolbox!