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Picsearch


http://www.picsearch.com/

     
Language Multilingual



Launched December 3, 2001
Closed No



Developer Andersson, Nils and Robert Risberg



Country of Origin Sweden



Owner
2001 - [...] Picsearch



Topic Image SeEn



Region No Limitation



Technology
and/or
Strategy
Crawler-based, algorithmic SeEn



Used SeEn Picsearch



Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite



»Picsearch was developed and founded in the year, 1999-2000, at Linköping University by two engineering students Nils Andersson and Robert Risberg, who were working on their Master of Science in Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering. Their goal was to improve relevancy, create a larger index, and to introduce family-friendly and spam filtered results. The company was launched in 2000, and the first public version of the image search engine was available in September 2001, around the same time that Google launched its services.« Source
»Picsearch is a search engine for pictures and images and has many features which make it unique. It has a relevancy unrivalled on the web due to it's patent-pending indexing algorithms. Also, Picsearch has a family friendliness that allows children to surf in safety as all offensive material is filtered out by our advanced filtering systems. The site is also very user friendly as it's designed to be both simple, fast and accurate. Due to all of these features, Picsearch is perfect for fun, school, business and family!« Source
»PicSearch also powers the image search for many popular web portals including MSN, Lycos and Ask.com.« Source
Today (2014) they offer more than 3,000,000,000 pictures. Source



Name




Critical points

»Censoring child pornography: In July 2007 the Swedish National Criminal Police started working with Picsearch to incorporate a special filter, which will block the visibility of 4000 websites with commercial child pornography. Introducing the filter on Picsearch and other search services, the police authorities are trying to make it more difficult for users to find child pornography. The initiative has sparked some discussion in Sweden and Japan as to whether or not the police authorities are extending their powers, whether the filter threatens freedom of speech, and whether the real reason for introducing the filter is to establish a precedent for denying access to other information as well.« Source



Features & Functionality

»As always, the firm uses patented technology for measuring relevancy and “family-friendliness” of manages. Family-friendliness implies an automatic filter on nudity, pornography and violence. The engine also deploys its own indexer and crawler (Psbot). Searchers have the feature to search from a huge directory. The resulting images appear as thumbnail and when clicked lead user to the original site.« Source



More

»Environmental policy: On the 22nd of March 2007, Picsearch implemented a new environmental policy making them the first carbon neutral search engine in the world. The Picsearch initiative was followed by promises from Yahoo in April and Google in June to go carbon neutral by the end of 2007.« Source



References & further Publications

Wikipedia (EN): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picsearch
Wikipedia (Others): http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picsearch
     

Other Sources

Picsearch News Archive URL: http://about.picsearch.com/news/
Klaus Patzwaldt: Picsearch – Bildersuchmaschine URL: http://www.at-web.de/bildsuche/picsearch.htm
Radhakrishnan, Arun (2007): PicSearch : Intuitive Relevant Image Search Engine URL: http://www.searchenginejournal.com/picsearch-intuitive-relevant-image-search-engine/6078/




Created: 2013-02-16