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Search flickr the fun way

I always get frustrated searching for specific pictures via Google Images or Flickr. I know what I want to use, but it takes forever to find it. For this reason, I was elated to find retrievr.

Retrievr lets you draw a picture (or even upload one), then uses your drawing to search Flickr for similar pictures. Here was one of my attempts to draw my favorite cartoon character, SpongeBob:

SpongeBob Drawing

Before you ask: yes, I’d be happy to create custom artwork for you, but the immense demand for my artistry forces me to charge very high rates (also, my 2 year old son says I can’t sell this SpongeBob picture, sorry). OK, so I was pretty excited to see the results, but here’s what came up:

SpongeBob Results

Maybe the picture in the middle was SpongeBob, and was removed from Flickr for copyright reasons? The pin cushion looks a little like SpongeBob though … perhaps an uploaded picture will work better. What better test than to upload a photo originally from Flickr? Here’s a flickr photo that I showed a couple days ago in our Funny Signs post:

Telescope injury

And here is what Retrievr found:

Telescope results

Hmmm … so Retrievr thinks there’s a 2 in 9 shot that the picture is a sign … not too accurate. It appears to rely heavily on shape outline and color. Even if it doesn’t work real well, it’s a lot of fun to try. Personally, I was more impressed by the recognition capabilities of MyHeritage when we did our fun Celebrity face recognition test.

Special thanks to LadyBanana for giving me the idea to find a better way to search Flickr.

7 Responses to “Search flickr the fun way”

  1. on 09 Jan 2007 at 12:14 pm Diesel

    Wow, that’s amazing…ly inaccurate.

    One of the search engines used to have something like this (Alta Vista maybe?), and as I recall the results were quite a bit better. Strange that this idea hasn’t taken off more.

  2. on 09 Jan 2007 at 6:19 pm Dan

    Oh boy! The possibilities for naughty images here is amazing!

    (Booting up my drawing software …)

  3. on 10 Jan 2007 at 1:52 am Tricia

    LOL oh yeah seems like it could be a tad more accurate. I think it based it’s search mainly on color. We’ll give it a C for nice try. LOL

  4. on 10 Jan 2007 at 10:19 am Punk Girl

    I’m disturbed at both entries retrieving flowers as possible answers.

    Can I order some custom-made artwork? I’m willing to pay good money.

    Do you take Monopoly?

  5. on 10 Jan 2007 at 11:07 am Grimm

    Spongebob looks better than anything I could draw. So I have no artistic talent – Sue me.

  6. on 13 Jan 2007 at 11:47 am The Liberal Avenger

    How neat and strangely clever!

    The pincushion match is brilliant!

  7. on 16 Jan 2007 at 11:30 pm Jeremy

    I agree about the colors. I had fun testing it, and it did a fairly good job based on the colors I chose-not so much what the picture was of.

    I like to use when searching for random pics. It’s super fast too, so it makes for an enjoyable browsing experience.

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