Surprisingly structural. (flexagon) wrote in lj_nifty,

Google's new Image Search feature is good for finding LJ icons

As of last Thursday, you can specify the exact height and width of the image you're looking for in Google's Advanced Image Search. This is a great way to quickly find 100x100 images on any topic you might want.

Hint: after the first search, you can do it without going to the "advanced" page by just typing a query of the form

kitten imagesize:100x100

Also, if you like, you can look for actual LJ icons like this:

snowflake imagesize:100x100 site:livejournal.com
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stainsteelrat

February 22 2009, 17:30:20 UTC 5 years ago

Thanks for the tip!

flamencanyc

February 22 2009, 17:33:35 UTC 5 years ago

You'll get a more complete search of LJ icons (i.e. including the many icons that are smaller than 100x100) by simply doing your search without the size constraint, but with a more specific instruction of where to search, like this:

snowflake site:http://www.insanejournal.com/allpics.bml?*

The asterisk is a wildcard that tells it to search everyone's userpic pages for the word you're looking for.

flexagon

February 22 2009, 19:15:33 UTC 5 years ago

That's interesting, thanks; I never knew the site keyword would work for specifications more fine-grained than the domain level.

flamencanyc

February 22 2009, 23:05:38 UTC 5 years ago Edited:  February 22 2009, 23:07:36 UTC

You're welcome.

However, oops! I just noticed that I copied the wrong URL when replying to you. Obviously, for LJ (as opposed to IJ) it would be:

snowflake site:http://www.livejournal.com/allpics.bml?*

I use these types of searches all the time.
And to be clear to those below: I wouldn't use icons without the permission of and credit to the creator.

mollydot

February 24 2009, 10:15:20 UTC 5 years ago

Oh wow. Never knew you could do that. Brilliant.

flamencanyc

March 13 2009, 19:01:21 UTC 5 years ago

Have fun with it.

However, oops! Obviously, for LJ (as opposed to IJ) it would be:

snowflake site:http://www.livejournal.com/allpics.bml?*

I use these types of searches all the time.
And to be clear: I wouldn't use icons without the permission of and credit to the creator.

northernveil

February 22 2009, 17:39:24 UTC 5 years ago

Best thing EVER. Thank you.

thistle_chaser

February 22 2009, 18:12:54 UTC 5 years ago

Wow, that's cool. Thanks!

greyyguy

February 22 2009, 18:15:22 UTC 5 years ago

Just to be clear, this is a way to find icons that other people on LJ already have instead of making your own. Some people don't mind if you take their icons, but some people do.

flexagon

February 22 2009, 19:10:35 UTC 5 years ago

Oh, yes. Also just to be clear, if you don't restrict your search by site, you will get 100px by 100px images that may not currently be used as icons.

cordykitten

February 22 2009, 18:15:42 UTC 5 years ago

Neat :) Thanks for the tip.

xulong

February 22 2009, 19:07:51 UTC 5 years ago

google sure is making it easier to find porn

ytterbius

February 22 2009, 20:40:57 UTC 5 years ago

Is that icon the Chairman?

ainabarad

February 22 2009, 19:10:41 UTC 5 years ago

AWESOME TIP!!!

amokk

February 22 2009, 19:41:20 UTC 5 years ago

Oh man, all I see is future image!wank and icon theftery.

lab_brat

February 22 2009, 20:03:44 UTC 5 years ago

I agree with others that this encourages taking icons that aren't shareable... but that said, it should be pointed out too, that the images on the result page are just thumbnails, sized 82x82 and you need to load the page they are actually on to get the full 100x100 sized icon.

nomoreprinces

February 22 2009, 20:14:55 UTC 5 years ago

I use it to find tiny pixel icons for comm/user/security icons too when I'm busted for ideas.

veda815

February 22 2009, 22:58:39 UTC 5 years ago

Just want to re-enforce the point that just because an image comes up in the search engine DOES NOT mean it is free for the taking. The appropriate thing to do would then be to contact the owner of said picture and ask for their permission to use it.

gladstone

February 23 2009, 02:14:55 UTC 5 years ago

Hint: after the first search, you can do it without going to the "advanced" page

Actually, you don't ever have to go to the advanced page at all. You can search for kitten imagesize:100x100 directly from the main image search page. It's also a handy way to find desktop wallpaper.