Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Google Image Labeler Game

This past weekend, Google released an interesting and fun new service (if you can call it that). It's a game of sorts where you work with a random partner to label random pictures. It works like this.

You click Begin and Google randomly pairs you up with another user. You are both then given 90 seconds on the clock and shown your first picture. You then have to type in as many desccriptive labels of the picture as you can and your partner does the same. As soon as one of your labels matches, points are awarded and you are given a new picture. The goal is to label as many as you can in 90 seconds.

It's a totally genius way for Google to harness the thinking power of the masses to create labels for pictures. Up until now, the Google Image Search relied on text associated with the image to describe it. Now, Google has found a way to get millions of people to look at and describe pictures.

We will surely be seeing improvements in image search results in the coming months as these new keywords are added to the database.

Read more at Google News.


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