Google Labs yesterday announced the addition of two new products called “Similar Images” and “Google News Timeline”. In short, Similar Images allows you to search for images using pictures rather than words, where as Google News Timeline allows users to view news and other data sources on a zoomable, graphical timeline.
Image Search is a tool you can use to find just about any kind of image, but it can sometimes be difficult to find the right image if you can't describe it in words. For example when you search for “Jaguar”, search engine will not understand whether you are looking for animal or car.
Similar Images allows you to search for images using pictures rather than words. With the similar images feature, most images have a link below them that lets you find other images like them. There's no need for you to refine the text of your query. Your new results will be tailored based on whatever image you select. So if you see an image you like but you're stumped on how to describe it, just click the similar images link to see "more like this."
For example, if you search for [jaguar], you can use the "Similar images" link to quickly narrow your search.
Image Search results will vary for the query [jaguar]:
With one click, we can help you find more pictures of the [cat]:
Or more pictures of the brand of [car]:
So if you see an image you like, but you're stumped on how to describe it, just click the "Similar images" link to see more like it.
Interested in learning more? Check out this video tour.
Google News Timeline organizes information chronologically by presenting results from Google News and other data sources on a zoomable, graphical timeline. You can navigate through time by dragging the timeline, setting the time scale to days, weeks, months, years, or decades, or just including a time period in your query (i.e., "1977"). To see this in action, check out the results viewed by month in the summer of 2006.
Google News Timeline presents search results from a wide range of sources. You can search and browse results from Google News, including headlines, quotes, photos from our Hosted News partners, and YouTube partner videos. You can also search for thousands of archival newspapers and magazines from Google News Archive Search and Google Book Search.
You can also add Blog Search results and sports scores, as well as information about books, music, movies, tv shows, video games, and even artists, to see how they've appeared over time. Try out some of our favorite queries like [jack nicholson movies], [barack obama quotes], or [baseball news photos].
To browse through time, you can specify a date in your search, drag the timeline of results, or set the time scale to days, weeks, months, years, or even decades. In this example, I searched for arcade video games that came out in the 1990s:
You can find more details about this feature here.