Accessing Over 15.8 Billion Images: TinEye Can Reverse Image Search a Profile Pic Before You Go on a New Date

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Accessing Over 15.8 Billion Images: TinEye Can Reverse Image Search a Profile Pic Before You Go on a New Date

Amber Brooks Amber Brooks • 9/29/16

The Short Version: Free to use, TinEye offers a reverse search engine for images, so that anyone can find out the background of any picture. Whether you’re a photographer, designer, or dater, well over 15.8 billion images are at your disposal in the website’s database. For daters, this useful tool allows singles to look up any picture from an online dating profile before agreeing to a date. Additionally, it can protect your own photos from being posted without your knowledge. TinEye Alerts will tell you if and when your photo has been added to the database from another site — so you can keep tabs on where your own photos exist on the web.

As you swipe through photos on Tinder, sometimes it’s hard to know who’s for real and who’s not. You see someone who looks attractive, but you don’t know anything about them, really, besides what they tell you. This can lead to a nasty surprise when you meet in person and find out the picture you saw was just a mirage in the online dating desert.

To do some research before going on a date with a stranger from the Internet, daters can use TinEye’s photo recognition software. The platform provides a fast way to verify photos by searching for the site where it originated. Conducting a search takes mere seconds as their search engine rapidly combs through the web to detect any trace of that image on other websites.

The TinEye logo

TinEye keeps tabs on your photos so you can maintain your privacy while online.

TinEye, a free reverse image search solution, can give daters additional peace of mind when flirting with a stranger. The site lets anyone upload any image (at no cost) to find out its history on the web. TinEye draws from a collection of over 15.8 billion images and uses state-of-the-art technology to find the one you’re looking for.

Millions of people in a wide range of industries have used TinEye to locate specific images or matching photos on the web.

For daters wondering about a potential date’s background, this trustworthy tool gives a fast answer with one comprehensive search. Prioritizing user security, the software does not store or record the photos you use for your search and thus protects your anonymity as you browse online for a trustworthy date.

Search & Recognition: TinEye Has 4 Ways to Identify a Photo

Within seconds, TinEye can cross-reference any photo you upload against billions of photos in their database. A single search yields the photo’s entire history on the web. You’ll see where it was posted, and you can follow the provided links to learn more. The TinEye site doesn’t identify people or objects; they simply serves up webpages where the image exists.

So, if your date’s profile picture shows up on other sites, you can look into where it is and why it’s there.

Free for non-commercial use, the search engine lets anyone upload any image from their desktops (or enter in the image’s URL) to find its origin. Once you click search, you’ll see a comprehensive listing of all the pages that have posted that photo.

Screenshot of the TinEye homepage

At TinEye, search results will include a link to the webpage(s) where the image resides online.

Using the TinEye browser plugin, users can right-click on a web image to execute a quick search on it. As a tool for checking up on the background of a photo, the site offers all you could want. If you have hundreds, thousands, or millions of photos to search for, their premium products offer streamlined service to meet massive demand.

1. TinEye API: Automates Thousands of Reverse Image Searches

For large volume searches, the TinEye API efficiently lets users automate their photo searches against a multibillion image index. With hosted API, there’s no software to install and no updates to fuss over. The product is easily integrated with existing technology and scalable for quality performance. Whether you want to search JPEG, PNG, or GIF, the image recognition software is ready to go with access to billions of images.

“TinEye is doing an exceptional job answering the question of where a photograph is appearing.” — Cris DeRaud, a TinEye fan

You can create an API account to get access to search bundles of 5,000, 10,000, 50,000, or even 1 million searches for one year. The subscription charges pennies per search, so it’s a uniquely affordable option for high-volume users.

2. MatchEngine: Pinpoints Similar Images to Your Search

MatchEngine isn’t looking for the specific image you search for but rather finds duplicate, modified, and derivative images. With this product, you’ll have fast and integrated access to image recognition in your apps and web services.

Depending on your search needs, you can pick from the Starter, Basic, Corporate, and Enterprise packages.

3. MobileEngine: Identifies Any 2-Dimensional Object

Less applicable for daters, but still really cool, MobileEngine can identify virtually any two-dimensional object. Whether it’s a book, wine bottle, or artwork, the software searches for a reference to it through its image collection.

4. MulticolorEngine: Offers Images in the Color Palette of Your Search

Lastly, the MulticolorEngine is a color search engine analyzing the color palettes of images and using colors as the search parameter. This tool can extract a color palette from individual images (or a set of images) and then find matching colors. The search results will show a matching arrangement of colorful options.

Sign Up for TinEye Alerts to Make Sure Your Pics Stay Private

Even after surpassing 15 billion images, TinEye’s vast database is always crawling the web for new images to add. This collection serves a variety of purposes from searching for someone’s pic to keeping tabs on your own personal photos.

You can also keep track of where certain images appear online. Worried about your own dating profile pic getting around? Sign up for TinEye Alerts for added peace of mind. The images you upload will be fingerprinted by image recognition technology. That way any matches can be located and reported instantaneously.

The team sends out a daily report about your images, so you always know where to find them.

This premium tracking service starts at $300 per month, but you can use a free demo for a limited period of time.

A Fun Company Culture Fosters Smarts, Resilience & Curiosity

Based in Toronto, TinEye is a tech-savvy startup that promotes a positive work environment. Among other perks, the office keeps a pingpong table and a fridge full of snacks for employees to enjoy.

A photo or candy and people working at TinEye

The TinEye team enjoys a rich company culture of free goodies and pet-friendly offices.

“We are proudly self-funded and fiercely independent,” TinEye advertises on their website. “We value smarts, resilience, and curiosity over pedigree and experience.”

Knowing the importance of play as well as work, the team bonds over chess matches, running clubs, skiing trips, and “card games galore.” Every day, a free breakfast ensures everyone on staff starts off the day with a smile. Employees also get free downtown parking 24/7.

The perks are fun, but what really makes this team special is their overall dedication to their work. TinEye’s small but passionate group endeavors to expand by offering unique products and services with unbeatable technology.

Spot the Fakes: TinEye Will Source Any Photo of Your Date

To spot the real deals and call out the liars in online dating, this reverse search engine can be a great dating assistant. It’s quick, easy, and free, so give it a whirl the next time you’re flirting with a guy or gal on a website or app.

TinEye’s proven technology keeps you secure as you venture into online dating. Whether you want to make sure your photos stay private or check out where the pictures you see on a dating profile come from — this reverse search engine can help.

“We like solving real-world problems and working on large-scale challenges,” TinEye boasts on their site. “We are smart, hard-working, progressive, supportive, curious, playful, and passionate.”