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Lahle Wolfe

How To Find Out Where An Image Online Came From

By November 20, 2012

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Have you ever seen an image on Pinterest, a website, or Facebook and wondered where you can buy it, who the owner is, or where it first came from?

www.images.google.com is Google's search engine for images.  You can enter a URL of an image online or upload an image and Google will deliver search engines results showing you where the image can be found online.

Google uses image recognition tools to match your photo with others like it.

Other reasons to try Google image recognition:

  • Stalk your ex (kidding - leave your ex in the past), but you can check to see if your own picture (or pictures of your kids) are posted in public places;
  • Find copyright infringers (this is one way Getty Images tracks down their images);
  • Check your brand presence (search for your logo);
  • Check to see where images of your products appear (such as on social networks).

Many websites block search engines from indexing content and images, for example, you won't see images from Facebook that are private appearing in Google Image search results.

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