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google-plus-logoGoogle has just announced a new search feature, which lets you search within and across your Google+ photo albums from Google Search itself. All you have to do is need sign into the account you use to store your Google+ photo albums and fire away with a keyword. What takes this search technology up a notch is Google’s introduction of machine learning and computer vision to the way it recognizes specific photographs.

Let’s say you want to search for photos that have food in them. Set your query as “my photos of food” , and Google will retrieve all the relevant photos. You can do the search from Google’s search box or from within Google+ photos. This search improvement is a step in the right direction for pinpoint searching and also for finding those needles in the photo stacks. As you build up your photo library, it’s useful to know that you can retrieve long lost memories even if you didn’t put in the effort to organize your photo albums neatly in the first place.


Your photos represent some of your most important memories and life events,” says Matthew Kulick, Product Manager for Google, in the official announcement, “yet they are increasingly difficult to manage as you build up your photo library, accumulate new devices and make new friends. In many cases, searching for your photos can be challenging because the information you’re looking for is visual.”

The search is available in English on when you are signed in to your Google+ enabled Google Account. It will not be available on other Google domains, at least for now.

Do you like this new feature? Is it a reason to start using Google+ or to stop using it?


Source: Inside Search

  1. Marcel Spitz
    November 5, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Hello Saikat,

    If what you say has any truth within the coming days, I can be excited of what you write. However, since G+ came out my experiences are so very different. It is lacking all basic functions to manage photos, while these were perfectly available in PIcasa and Picasaweb. Whoever decided to stop the PIcasa products has made many people unhappy and lost confidence in Google to listen to customers.

    Will it have the same fate as Google Chrome that is going downhill because it uses so much memory and does not use a proper garbage collection to free the memory even after closing it, that I am forced, against my will, to stop using Google Chrome. Like most IT professionals I know who one year ago were still happy with Chrome, we are now returning to Firefox, because of this.

    I have trie d multiple times to use G+ Photos as a tool to do the same as I used Picasa and PicasaWeb for, which is to present albums to friends and family and the public.

    On top of that the UI of G+ Photos is super slow and shows me random sortings and I have no ways to search what I need to see and then to and select the necessary photo management actions e.g. to copy or move and add metadata.

    Here is the deal... Please tell me how in the current G+ Photos we can do these basic functions to group or tag and then show as a collection in a chronological or image name sequence, to search by part of the image name or the metadata.

    Then I will, and I think many millions of people with me, look at the more sophisticated functions like searching by detecting food.

    Please enlighten me!

    Google user since the start.

  2. Aqil Nazeer
    June 1, 2013 at 9:18 am


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    June 1, 2013 at 9:18 am


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    June 1, 2013 at 9:17 am


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    June 1, 2013 at 9:02 am


  7. macwitty
    May 25, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    I hope there will be a way to decide what friends photos are going to be displayed (from what circle). Then it could be handy when looking for a photo to use for something. With all "friends" I will get too many photos from people I follow but do not know and can not ask for using their photos (for free)

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