Google Adds Autosuggest to Image Search, Google Italy Posts Abruzzo Earthquake Images
Article by George Norman
On 08 Apr 2009
Google, who has recently added a local flavor to several of its services, including but not limited to Google Suggest (details here), has now enhanced the functionality provided by Google Image Search as well – and what I mean by that is the fact that you will get search suggestions when you type in a query in Google Image Search. In related news, the Google Italy team has received the first Abruzzo earthquake images from GeoEye and has posted them online.

Testing the new functionality in Google Image Search is quite straightforward: simply visit the web page here and type in whatever word you want; you will notice the fact that you will be shown a list of suggestions, in very much the same fashion you get when using Google search. This makes Google Image search the 3rd Google service to get the autosuggest function, the other two being Google Search and Google Video. Although it is not a groundbreaking innovation, it should prove useful, even if only in the “prevent misspelling” department.


The autosuggest feature has been introduced by the Mountain View search engine giant back in 2008, in August to be more precise. Since then many have argued that it is more of a nuisance than actually being of help – the same people will certainly not appreciate it being added to Google Image Search. There is a simple solution: go to the preferences page (link here) and select “Do not provide query suggestions in the search box”.

In image related news, the Google Italy team announced the availability of the first satellite images following the earthquake that hit the Abruzzo region earlier this week. The team made sure to express their regret and offer their sympathy to the victims, families and other people affected by the earthquake.

"We have just received post-earthquake IKONOS imagery from GeoEye, one of our commercial satellite partners. You can view this imagery by downloading this KML and viewing it in Google Earth. You can also find the imagery on a dedicated landing page created by the Google Italy team hosting links to Google News and Google Maps, as well as some background information on earthquakes and seismic activity and information about fund-raising initiatives for relief efforts. We hope this will give people a better sense of what's happening in the region. We will keep updating the KML as we receive and process more satellite imagery. Save the KML to your "My Places" to see the imagery updates,” says the Google Italy team.

Speaking of Google Search and earthquakes, the search engine has been last month fitted with functionality you might be interested in - details here.

Tags: Google, Gogle Image Search, Google Earth, Abruzzo, Earthquake
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