Google Image Swirl

A few years back Mooter introduced cluster searching. I had played with the technology, along with a related search technology called Kartoo. Mooter was bought by Ask.com which promptly destroyed the clever user interface employed by Mooter. Google has adopted the mapping approach to a new image search engine as described on their blog. As Google is arguably our students first stop when doing research, so a new Google feature is potentially something of which academic IT should be aware. The new Google Image Swirl interface uses some bandwidth, one has to be patient to use it from here. After the image stacks load, one can click on a stack to expand that stack. Images are theoretically thematically grouped. At present the Swirl database only include 200,000 keywords, it will expand with time. Try Micronesia.

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