Wednesday, October 28, 2009

To upload image or not to upload it, that is the question.

Search by uploaded image is one of unique features for gazopa. From search engine provider’s point of view, whether or not to accept uploaded image as a search key is a big issue. If I use a metaphor of baseball to describe these differences, to accept uploaded image is that a batter does not know what kind of ball the pitcher throw, a ball of baseball or a ball of football or a ball of valley ball etc. The batter needs to hit a ball even though a ball is not for baseball. On the contrary, using an indexed image with metadata as a search key rather than using uploaded image is that a batter understands a sign of catcher to pitcher and hits a ball. I think you understand how difficult it is to process uploaded image as a search key from this metaphor.

After reading untl this line, you may say ‘Oh Boys, I don’t care how your technology is better than others and I don’t want to hear about difficult thing your technology is doing. I only care what I can experience from it.’ Yes, you are right. You can enjoy iPod and iPhone even though you don’t know what technologies are used in these gadgets. User experience and whole system that support these experiences is important.

But if you think about cell phone, our strong point sounds more and more meaningful. As you feel in daily life, entering keyword may not be a comfortable experience. Are there any way that can simplify this user interface? Yes, here is the answer. Each cell phone has a camera these days. Imagine, if you just take a picture and use it as a search key, how simple it is? But to take a picture is not enough for starting searches. You need to upload your image from your cell phone. To upload image becomes a critical point now. I think you understand how wonderful feature search by upload is. It’s very intuitive and natural way to use your image as a search key. It’s not a story of technology. It’s a new experience that technology can bring to you.

Don’t forget registration before using iPhone app

You don’t need to log in when you use, but please be careful that log in is still required when you use our iPhone app. We plan to remove sign in/sign up process from our iPhone app, but it takes time to do it. Sorry for giving you inconvenience. You can create your account here.

Thank you for your feedback

After launching open beta yesterday, we received a bunch of feedback from users. We sincerely appreciate your support. One feedback helped us to find a typo at our website and we fixed it immediately. Others pointed out some terms on our website overlapped. But unfortunately, we cannot re-confirm it in our environment. We’re not sure if it’s due to difference of version of Firefox.

We could communicate with users who sent us feedback during private beta, because everyone needed to log in for using our service. But now feedback will be sent to us anonymously if you don’t log in. If you need to communicate with us directly (To be honest, it’s us who want to communicate with users directly), please sign in before sending us feedback. Or use contact(at)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

GazoPa enters open beta.

We’re pleased to announce you that GazoPa enters open beta just now. More than one year has passed since its launch of private beta at TechCrunch50 in 2008 and over 40,000 users participated in private beta testing. Thank you very much for your valuable feedback.

Here is a new video.

Although we are public now, we are still in beta stage. So your continuous support would be highly appreciated.

Monday, October 26, 2009

A Tip of Search by drawing

Search by drawing is a pretty unique feature at Since our image search is based on similarity, images can be searched by your drawing. If your image search only enables you to search for same photos, your drawing would not be regarded as similar to photos, because a drawing is totally different from a photo. Search by drawing is a unique feature of similarity based image search.

Default of search by drawing is a shape option, so images that have similar shape would be displayed at first. So if you are not satisfied with results, please try other search option such as layout and standard, because these options use color together with shape.