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jca's avatar

How come when i put a name in "Google Images" all kinds of unrelated stuff comes up?

Asked by jca (35984points) May 1st, 2009

I am talking about a person’s name, specifically.

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Allie's avatar

1) Google can’t read your mind and know what you’re looking for.
2) People give their photos all kinds of stupid names, captions, and titles. Google just finds the matching words.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Did you put quotes round the name? That will make the search even more specific.

YARNLADY's avatar

Sometimes the picture is in an article that contains the word you have searched.

Offero's avatar

The reality of the situation is for some reason the algorithm used by Google to find images is week. I have always had better luck finding images through Yahoo, for everything else I use Google.

drClaw's avatar

Google’s spiders/robots that index images rely completely on alt tags. When an image is placed in a website the code looks like this:

<img src=“fluther.gif” alt=“lurve” />

Since the robots are unable to visually evaluate images they use the alt tag and other page content to determine an images subject mater. The reason you get so many unrelated images is because alt tags are often left blank and the robots fall back to other content on the page, which may or may not be directly related to the image.

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