Image Searching

December 2nd, 2004 10:12 PM

Optimizing the image search continues. It’s much faster now than a few days ago (again), but still slow for interactive use. Here’s a screenshot, though, to tide you over.

Image Search screenshot

Map generation is courtesy of the Census Bureau. Which means that non-American locations (pictures from several European trips) are, sadly, left out. As far as TIGER is concerned, it’s all ocean once you leave the United States.

The upshot of the optimization issues is that it will typically get a lot quicker on queries that are more complex. So, for example, searching for “Pictures of Adam in Doolin, Ireland” will be much faster than searches for pictures in Doolin alone.