Google Image Labeler: How To Have Fun, Help the Web

picture-1.jpgLet’s be frank: Google, despite being the search engine of search engines, sorta kinda sucks when it comes to looking up images. Type in the word “dog,” and you’ll get results ranging from man’s best friend (yay!) to a frat boy who think he’s come up with the coolest nickname ever (boo!). Fortunately, the Big G has recognized its own shortcomings and has addressed it with Google Image Labeler, a beta project created to (hopefully) return far more relevant image search results. Google Image Labeler pairs you with someone else looking to contribute to the cause, and shows your dynamic duo the same set of images over the course of two minutes. You provide as many labels as you can possibly think of, and should you and your partner match labels, you receive points for your effort. The more specific the match, the bigger the point value. Google keeps a score of the day’s best performers, as well as the all-time top labelers. It’s fun, more than a little addicting, and helps improve the quality of image searches. Everybody wins.

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