Google’s Webmaster blog outlined yesterday that Google Image search will change within a few days. But what does this mean for the average searcher?
A comparison of Google Image
The first image (below) shows what the design interface looks like. The second image shows what the current (old) design interface looks like. But is the new interface any better?
Is the new Google search better?
In short, yes. The justification is written below:
- The use of metadata is much better
- Metadata is essentially data about a thing (e.g. a photo, a sound clip…) online. It is used to help screen readers, for example, read a ‘thing’ they cannot see, or hear. In other words, metadata tells everyone what something is by having a name (title) and a description (such as, an image having a caption).
- Better use of metadata allows more images to be indexed by Google. The more images indexed, the larger our searches become.
- Images are nicely packaged
- With better access to metadata an image is explained to the searcher. The old interface did not allow the searcher to find out what size an image was until they selected it. This is useful if you are looking for a particular image (including file size).
- Related searches
- The old system (the second image in this post) only suggested one related search. The new system uses the metadata to suggest similar searches: the new system suggests four related searches.
- Related searches are useful if you are looking for a specialist image. Related searches allow the searcher to open up their search, by doing so, searches can be more successful (the likelihood of finding a relevant image is increased).
What do you think?