Are your images being used on the net ? heres how to find out..

If you are worried about your images being stolen and used without your consent check out this cool new feature from google to search for your images by using the actual image-

I’ve just put a couple of my images from Flickr into this google machine and have quickly found lots of sites using my images. Many of them give credit and links back to this website too which I am ok with as they are doing no harm and just want some flashy images to go with their blog. Some though are selling products on their sites that I do not want associated with my images and I will therefore have to put in some genuine time into bringing a stop to as many as I can. At the end of the day though you can’t stop all of them and you just have to be content with what you can do and not what you can’t.

How to search

There are a few ways to search by image:

  • Visit, or any Images results page, and click the camera icon camera icon in the search box. Enter an image URL for an image hosted on the web orupload an image from your computer.

How to enter a url

  1. On any webpage, right-click an image and select the option to copy it. In most browsers, this option’s name starts with “Copy image,” except Internet Explorer for which you’ll select “Properties” and then copy the URL that’s then displayed.
  2. Visit, or any Images results page, and click the camera iconcamera icon in the search box.
  3. Paste the copied URL into the search box
  4. Click Search’

How to upload an image

  1. Visit, or any Images results page, and click the camera icon camera icon in the search box
  2. Click the Upload an image link
  3. Click Choose File
  4. Select the image from your computer

Tip: You can also drag and drop an image to initiate a search in Chrome or Firefox 3.0+. Simply click on an image, hold down the mouse, and begin dragging it toward the search box. You should see a blue box appear, and then you can drop the image into that box.

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