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EyeIn trawls the social web for relevant, more personal image searches

Ian Paul | June 16, 2015
Social networks like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter make it dead simple to share your experiences with the world. What is not so simple: discovering the experiences of others across all three of these social networks at once. A new image and video search engine called EyeIn hopes to change all that.

EyeIn also offers sharing tools to allow you to embed an EyeIn search results gallery on your blog or share a link via Facebook or Twitter. To share a specific image, however, you will have to visit the originating social network and then share the image from there.

What about those social networks?

EyeIn is a handy and well-designed tool, but I have to wonder whether it can last. Social networks, especially Facebook and Twitter, can sometimes get a little possessive when it comes to other platforms using their content as a data source.

For the moment, however, Mobli is not worried. "We are fully compliant with their [the social networks'] terms of use," Sadeh said. "I'm reluctant to believe that Instagram or Facebook will shut us down."

EyeIn for publishers

In addition to the regular search engine, EyeIn is also launching a free tool for publishers that allows sites to embed EyeIn galleries in their news stories. Using a free browser plugin, EyeIn automatically analyzes a webpage's text and then offers an embeddable image gallery based on the story subject. We did not test the plugin prior to publication, but anyone who is interested in trying it out can find more information on EyeIn's site.

EyeIn is a great tool and is really more of a complement than a competitor to Bing or Google image search. The new search engine works well for sniffing out user-generated content such as raw scenes from a protest or seats at the big game. If all you want is a standard image of Times Square or the Chicago Blackhawks logo, then Bing or Google are still your better sources.


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