I just learned about a new image search technology called TinEye
and it reminded me of the things I heard about ilovephotos.com so I thought I'd share it here. (*I know very little about both companies so I'm not sure if these two technologies are really comparable)
If you watch the video on the TinEye site, you can see that it is a brand new way to search for images on the net. It doesn't search for images based on tags and file names but rather uses the actual pixels in the image. Pretty cool stuff.
To me it seems like this technology might grow into a great way to find websites that pirate or illegally copy your hard worked designs and illustrations. Oh and also a great way to track down those wild party photos from college that were never meant to be in the general public.
Here is the Japanese article
for those interested.
*They are still in private beta so you have to get the invite to try it out.