Since Google adjusted its image search more than two weeks ago, voices of criticism have been raised all over the net, accusing the www giant of stealing photos. In the meantime, Google’s own Webmaster Central Blog fills with offensive comments coming from photographers and other content creators, who feel deceived by the company. Elsewhere, it’s even worse, i.e. see comments (over 650!) to the related article on heise.de. Read at your own risk! But what is actually wrong with the new Google Image search?
The new image search on google.com
The first thing you notice is that the website, from which a picture was taken, no longer shows up. Instead the images in a highly usable size (e.g. not thumbnails) appear on Google’s grey background with no source website being visible.
The old image search on google.de
The website owner receives no clicks for his pictures (note that most of the websites with high-quality image content are financed through advertisement), yet he still has to pay for the bandwidth because the pictures are on his server. Google argues that using four instead of two links makes it easy to access source site. Well, I for one didn’t feel compelled to click on a link while using Google’s new image search. In my opinion the redesigned version has got a negative impact on the web traffic.
Have you tried the new image search yet?