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Which media search engine when?
Media and visual searching is becoming more popular, so I have split out the media based search engines into a separate page.
Image search engines
There are an enormous number of image search engines that are available to searchers, and this collection really is quite small. However, it's worth pointing out that there are various different types of images - photographs, icons, free images, clip art and so on. I've tried to point out which engines are best for what.
Behold Searching 1,040,000 high quality images from Flickr
Coverbrowser provides access to over 450,000 covers of books, comics 'and more'.
Everystock photo for free photographs
Fagan Finder lists several dozen good engines
Facesaerch for people, with scrolling results
FlickrStorm is another Flickr search engine.
Freefoto for free images, over 100,000 of them
Google Images has over 1 billion indexed
Iconarchive for 22,000 icons in 800+ sets
Iconfinder Search through 155,664 icons or browse 765 icon sets. Clear, simple, easy to use.
Incogna lets you find similar images
Macroglossa The idea is that you upload your image, it then checks it and works out what it is.
MorgueFile for free high resolution stock photography
Ookaboo Free Pictures of Everything on Earth. Nice although small (less than 600K of photographs) collection of free images
oSkope visual search thru Amazon, ebay, Flickr etc
Panoramio for local images
Phrasr is an interactive web-based application that uses Flickr images to illustrate the phrases that users submit.
PicSearch with 3 billion images
Pictures and box multi search engine for images
RevIMG allows you to upload an image and it will find others for you. Limited categories.
seeklogo. Looking for a logo? This'll help you find it. The database has over 200,000 images available for viewing and downloading.
Spezify provides a collage of images recently uploaded onto the net.
Tag Galaxy exciting, innovative interface
Terra Galleria new, limited resources
Tiltomo search by subject or colour. New and experimental
Tineye reverse image search engine
Vintage Ad browser of over 100,000 adverts
V like Vintage is an interactive photo community and photo library and image search engine for historical photos.
WorldImages database provides access to the California State University IMAGE Project. It contains almost 80,000 images,
Yahoo Search has over 1.5 billion images
Infographic search engines
Infographics are a good way of getting a message across really quickly; simply create an image and slot in your facts and figures to create something easy to use and very memorable.
ELeaning infographics for educational use
Infographiqs does what you expect
PaddyMogan Google custom search engine for infographics
Visual.ly is a good resource
Sound search engines
Not so many of these engines around actually. Here's the few that I've found which are quite good.
FindSounds for sound effects and musical instruments
ML Macaulay Library for wildlife sounds
RadioTuna finds radio stations across the world for you
SoundClips offers a variety of sounds
SoundJax is semi autonomous sound search engine that indexes and renders waveforms, tags, and catalogues audio from the internet.
Soungle very good and lots of fun as well
TV opening themes
Moving image/video search engines
Plenty of these exist however, including some multi engines. It's also worth checking traditional search engines to see if they offer a tabbed Video search option - many do.
Blinkx TV video search
Break for entertaining videos
Clipblast "the world's largest video search directory"
CriticalPast Search over 57000 videos and 7 million photos.
Daily Motion is a YouTube lookalike
EHow for ‘how to’ videos
Find any film is a database of films that are available in the UK. It's supported and funded by the UK Film Council and is very impressive.
Google Video Search for recent television programmes
Metacafe is similar to YouTube
OVGuide for videos
ScienceHack for scientific videos
TeacherTube for safe, child friendly educational videos
Ted Talks for well.. Ted Talks really!
TellyAds for the bits between the shows
Truveo finds videos for you. That's what it does.
Veoh for TV shows, movies, anime and more.
VideoJug is a YouTune lookalike
Vimeo is a YouTube lookalike
Yahoo! Video Search broad search
YouTube is the most well known of these services
12Vid for handpicked videos from YouTube