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Searching for Images on the Web

Techstination feature for Wednesday, September 1, 1999

A visual search engine, on the web. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bootcamp, a report on computers and technology. A picture is worth a thousand words. But how do you find the right picture? A great place to start is a web site called " is a search engine and we built Ditto to take a different approach to how you find things on the web and we search by pictures. So rather than doing a text search of anything that you're looking for, we have a visual way of seeing the web."

Get the picture? Ditto CEO Michael Lyons says when you type in a name or phrase, the site displays thumbnail pictures from all over the web. Click on one, and you're at the site with the full sized image. Keep in mind, that doesn't give you the right, necessarily, to use the images in documents...or, say, your own web site...

"If you want to use the pictures then, consistently throughout the site we'll say ask, and in more than ninety percent of the cases you can have permission to utilize the pictures."

Especially if they're for something like a school report. is free to use and the thumbnail displays can save you a lot of time. The site is safe for kids...

"At we made the decision that we would make every effort to take pornography and any type of hate material off of the site."

The most popular searches are for music and movie stars and sports figures.