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Google has added image ads to its Image Search engine. Earlier this month, in a radio interview with Bloomberg, Google indicated that image-happy ads were on the way, and they officially arrived this morning, during a press event at the company’s headquarters. "What we’re announcing today is a new suite of image-related …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What images do I get...

    ...if I search for Pl**b*y? Could be NSFW? We can only hope!!

  2. ImaGnuber


    "Of course, her definition of an improved user experience may differ from yours."

    Got that right.

    The tears streaming from my eyes aren't tears of gratitude for their concern - they're caused by the stench of bullshit getting so intense.

  3. Will
    Paris Hilton

    So when acutally?

    Just google image searched Nokia N95, Elton John and Toaster Ovens (noooo not as one big query) and no ads?

    Monitisation, where for art thou?

    PH, coz she doesn't even get any ads, and if anyone is going to...

  4. KenBW2
    Paris Hilton


    "In Pittman's slides, some ads were indistinguishable from organic results except for a yellow background and a "sponsored links" tag. They were the same size, the same format, etc. - and they were not set to the side of the page."

    You mean the same as normal Web search ads? The ones we ignore every day? I think you're exaggerating a tad there...

    On another note, can anyone actually think if a use for image search for anything but porn?

    Paris, cos she'll probably put up ads for her "products".

  5. Anonymous Coward

    Pardon me but...

    Isn't Paris a place?

  6. Anonymous Coward

    I use Google image search every day

    Very handy for filtching images for re-use without paying royalties.


  7. Jim Cosser

    Images in google

    They already shoe-horn in images in the normal search results. Anyone remember google being quick and image free once upon a time?

    I hate the YouTube vids they shoe-horn in (Who owns YouTube again?) with thumbnails.

    But now ads in image search, another fine way to slow down your searching and bloat your bandwidth.

    Thanks google for 'improving my experience'

    Someone recommend and competitor I wont feel dirty using.

  8. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    Re: Isn't Paris a place?

    Yes, it's a place where lots of guys go. And girls too.

    Mine's the one with the big H stenciled on the back.

  9. Alfazed

    Image searches

    For your further enlightenment KenBW2, searching for images can be far more rewarding than searching for text strings, especially as I haven't noticed adverts or waves of porn B4 now.

    Search "snakehead", "newts", "kiln", "Peugeot 106", to see what I mean.

    As far as I am aware, none of these are particularly pornographic terms.

    Also, I don't have to wade through endless pages of search results that are only listings of other search engines search results, before I get to what I want to read about.

    However, this week I have been seriously thinking that it is probably about time to hang up the broadband connection altogether. Seeing as there is generally so much shit to wade through these days, particularly fucking advertising shit. I don't see why I should continue to make the ISPs profits larger while my own information superhighway experience is less profitable and more effort to keep a machine clean of unwanted ads, day by day.

    If the experience deteriorates any further, it won't be an experience that I look forward to, but one to avoid.

    Who's to say that when my child searches for something inoculous like, "Charles Dickens", she won't trawl a load of porn sites in the Google search results, or the ads placed by Phorm and the phormettes ?


  10. Anonymous Coward

    How dare they!!

    How dare Google try to get a return on the investment they have put into their industry leading Image search engine?

    All image searching should be run at a loss!!

    PS - If they new adverts bother you, then don't use it. But I have a sneaking suspicion you will.

    In other words - stop your moaning. Start your own Image search engine if you don't like it.

  11. Anonymous from Mars


    I don't care. What I GIS is usually what I want, or something abstract, like "Mike Tyson's Punch Out!!" or "Entropy."

    Please, Google, sell me only the most high quality entropy!

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