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Interesting AND Useful Browser Extension: TinEye, a Reverse Image Search Engine

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posted on Sep, 30 2014 @ 03:01 AM
I am still unsure where I originally ran across this nifty extension for Firefox, but boy let me tell you it never ceases to impress me.

What it allows you to do is right-click on an image and literally search the internet for places where that image appears, be in in a different size, resolution, black and white, or even significantly altered.

It is amazing. For example, you found a meme, but you believe you could make a funnier caption? TinEye will find you the oroginal, unaltered image and you can then edit to your hearts content.

But what I've discovered is it is even better for playing internet detective and truth seeker. I just finished reading a thread here that was discussing the atrocities committed by ISIS. The OP's linked article claimed that an image of a woman having her throat slit was recent and attributed it to ISIS.

TinEye allowed me to discover that the original image popped up on the internet in 2008MAR03 on a Bahrainian news site. This essentially places the entire article in to question; if you lie about one point, how many others did you lie about?

Seriously go try it, it impresses me every time I use it.
edit on 30-9-2014 by Lipton because: (no reason given)

posted on Sep, 30 2014 @ 04:26 AM
a reply to: Lipton

boy what a handy tool, ive used it to find your avatar originally was posted here in 2010!

posted on Sep, 30 2014 @ 04:45 AM
what about for google chrome?

Never mind. Got it. Works great!
edit on 30-9-2014 by smithjustinb because: (no reason given)

posted on Sep, 30 2014 @ 04:54 AM
Is pretty handy for finding the origins to youtube videos also (please do this before posting UFOS! Pinke will give you a cookie).

It has some limitations, and doesn't have the same breadth as the google one.

posted on Sep, 30 2014 @ 06:26 AM
Awesome tool!
Thanks a TON for creating this thread.

I will be putting it to good use, most certainly.

posted on Sep, 30 2014 @ 08:31 AM
This is sort of like "search google for this image" on chrome.

posted on Sep, 30 2014 @ 09:18 AM
Not gonna lie, it's used for porn.
Second line

posted on Sep, 30 2014 @ 11:05 AM
a reply to: Lipton

Super cool!

I bet coupling that with a good exif viewer would be pretty interesting?

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