Does Google Goggles Recognize “365 Instant Coffee” by Whole Foods? Yes and no. Google Goggles is able to recognize the 365 brand logo but does not understand the bar code of the product.
How about the Whole Foods paper bag? No way, the paper bag can walk away free from any analyzing smartphones.
SERP Zebra / Interaria is not affiliated with Whole Foods. The above example is a random example to test the limits of Google Goggles logo and bar code recognition. We regard that Whole Foods and 365 brand are not obscure but not completely main stream either. Read more about our testing of the Google Goggles mobile application here: Google Goggles Creates New Demands for Optimizing Images
Today, Google Goggles app recognizes commercial brand and product images such as magazine print ads, logos and bar codes, giving its best effort to provide a consumer with “relevant” search results based on the data it receives from the images. What has your experience been with using Google Goggles? Does Google Goggles offer any value added features in your opinion? We welcome your comments.
Search engine optimization has been about creating and optimizing relevant text content, keywords, links, listings, HTML tags, and site maps. Images haven’t – until this point – been that much at the center of focus in the optimization process. The new image recognition software especially utilized in mobile media is changing things quite rapidly and shifting the search from words and phrases to a visual object recognition. Google has tapped into this software development by launching a mobile device based web search engine tool, Google Goggles. The app was launched in 2009, and significantly upgraded in March 2011 with new useful features such as a bar code reader. Google Goggles currently runs on Android smartphones (1.6+ required) and now also on iPhones (iOS 4.0 required). Today, Google Goggles app recognizes commercial brand and product images such as magazine print ads, logos and bar codes, giving its best effort to provide a consumer with “relevant” search results based on the data it receives from the images.
SERP Zebra tested the image recognition with the Google Goggles iOS app
SERP Zebra tested Google Goggle’s image recognition capabilities with a Google Goggles iOS app. In our testing, Google Goggles was able to recognize some products by their bar codes but many products got unrecognized in which case the software only scanned the code number without any related information. As warned by Google, images of people, animals, and landscapes merely resulted to related images of similar colors and shapes. For instance SERP Zebra snapped a photo of Hollister Co’s promotional postcard of a wheaten terrier which resulted to uneven results. At times, the software was trying to read the text underneath the image; and at other times the scan resulted to a bunch of miscellaneous images of similar colors and shapes:
Below are more samples of how Google Goggles app recognizes brand and product images. Each successful result can be tapped in the app for search results in the Google search engine.
1) Image recognition for objects with logos:
2) Image recognition of magazine ads:
3) Image recognition of bar codes:
How can your website be further optimized for Google Goggles?
Currently, from our testing, Google Goggles works best with:
identifying brand logos
recognizing known brand products
recognizing popular magazine ad campaigns
reading text from products and ads (so you don’t have to type the text yourself into a Google’s search engine bar)
For gaining SERP advantage here, SERP Zebra recommends to make sure that:
your company’s logo on your website is uploaded as a separate file
your company’s logo on your website is labelled properly such as yourcompanyname_logo.jpg
your company’s logo on your website contains your company name in the image’s alt tag.
you have close-up images of all related trademarks and brand logos related to your business, indexed accordingly (see above)
you have close up images of your products
you regard images on your website as part of content information, not just as brand building visuals
Check out the recent Google Goggles marketing video. Is the featured example of the use relevant enough to make a strong case?
Does Google Goggles offer any value added features in your opinion? Leave your comments below.
SERP Zebra tested Yandex, the Russian search engine by typing in several searches of Twitter accounts such as twitter.com/cnn, twitter.com/msnbc, and twitter.com/ladygaga. None of these popular Twitter accounts showed up in the Yandex’s English language search stream. Turns out that Yandex, that is more popular in Russia than Google, doesn’t care that much for indexing Twitter accounts including the official Twitter account of Lady Gaga with over 10 million followers.
Take a look at these four screen shots of search results for the search term twitter.com/ladygaga by the four major search engines – Google, Yahoo!, Bing, Yandex – taken on May 26, 2011.
Google brings in most results to Lady Gaga’s official Twitter account including selected Tweets by Lady Gaga to her 10,423,008 followers.
Yahoo! also recognizes Lady Gaga’s Twitter account but does not display individual tweets.
Bing follows Yahoo!’s model in recognizing Lady Gaga’s Twitter account but not displaying individual tweets.
Searching Lady Gaga’s Twitter account does not bring results in Yandex. Odly Yandex does list a Brazilian fan Twitter page for Lady Gaga and websites that contain Twitter feeds and media associated to Lady Gaga’s Twittter account.
Yandex itself estimated in 2010 that 60% Russians use Twitter. SERP Zebra does not make any assumptions about Yandex’s policies, whether they are technical, political or under works. SERP Zebra simply wants to bring in these screenshots to remind that different search engines have different practices on how they index content created for social media sites. In the case of Yandex, the Yandex search engine sees Twitter as a walled website which has very little cracks or windows.
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