What Happened To Google Image Search And Why You Can No Longer View Images Directly

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Recently, Google made a few changes to the way Image Search works, the biggest tweak being the removal of the "View Image" button they would take you straight to the image's URL. Now, all you'll see is "Visit", which navigates to the page on which the image appears. So, why did Google do this? A legal settlement with Getty Images basically.

Danny Sullivan, Google's public search liaison, tweeted about the change on February 16:

When asked for the reasoning, he followed up with this response:

The "View Image" button wasn't the only casualty; with Sullivan mentioning the demise of "Search by Image". He clarified however that reverse image search is still available, you just can't shortcut it any more when browsing search results.

Of course, killing "View Image" won't stop anyone who wants the direct URL: it's a simple matter of right-clicking the image and selecting "Open in new window / tab", or whatever equivalent in your browser of choice, which does the same thing.

Oh well, whatever placates Getty I guess.

Google SearchLiaison [Twitter, via ZDNet]

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