When relatively new members of ATS post a photo of a UFO or alien that many of us have seen on ATS (or elsewhere) before, it is fairly common to see a
few frustrated members respond by posting something like "please use the search function before posting".
Often, that is not very constructive advice since if someone has merely seen a photo online then it may be very difficult to search for relevant
existing threads. What keywords are to be used? What names or places would narrow the search?
Unless there was some text accompanying the photo, it can be rather difficult to search for relevant information.
However, recently several new search tools have been introduced which can help in this sort of situation.
These tools are called "reverse image search engines" and include:
(1) Tineye (www.tineye.com...
) - This tool is great is you have an image and want to locate websites displaying it. I've only started using it
very recently, but my initial impression is that it has a lot of potential if you merely have an image and want to find websites displaying that image
(so that you can see if that website has any names, dates, places etc to accompany the image - which is a great help in finding additional
(2) Gazopa (www.gazopa.com...
) - This is supposed to be able to find similar images to one that you already have. I've tried to use it to find
the original versions of images that I suspect have been altered. However, my initial impression is that it needs a LOT more work - the search
results have very few similarities to most of the images I've tried so far.
I wish that these tools (particularly Tineye) had been available a few years ago. A few bits of UFO research that I've done would have been far, far
A few questions:
(1) Has anyone else tried using these tools for UFO research? Was it a productive experience? Does anyone have any practical tips as a result?
(2) Could a few other people give these tools a try in relation to images in current threads on ATS and post back here whether they found these tools
(3) More generally, are there any other internet tools (or practical tips) that you would add for someone that has an image and is thinking of
starting a thread on it - other than the basic "use the search function before posting" tip that can be frustrating for less experienced members
that can't think how to start such a search?
All the best,