If you have started to use Google in the last few weeks, you might notice a few recurring changes taking place across the board. For a while now, there’s been a conscious effort by Google to keep modernizing and improving the platform. These changes tend to influence how we work when using Google.
One such recent change is that Google has removed the View Image and Search by Image buttons when looking at Google Images. This comes after Google signed a new deal with Getty Images.
This was announced via Twitter, when Google posted:
Today we’re launching some changes on Google Images to help connect users and useful websites. This will include removing the View Image button. The Visit button remains, so users can see images in the context of the webpages they’re on.
The Search by Image button is also being removed. Reverse image search *still works* through the way most people use it, from the search bar of Google Images.
New and Improved Google Image Search
Therefore, it’s very much possible that you might start to notice some other small but significant changes creeping into view in the next few weeks and months. This change will likely have a substantial impact upon how most people use Google.
This all comes as part of Google trying to help minimize copyright infringement when people use Google. You may notice, for example, that Google Images now has a much more prominent copyright section. You should pay attention to that – the search engine is trying to protect you from improper use of other people’ intellectual property.
While it might be a bit of a kick in the teeth at present, there’s no doubt that these changes are very much going to help refresh and improve the search engine. It might take a bit of getting used to, but we’d imagine that similar changes will be coming soon.
Source: Search Engine Land