Nothing To Like about Like.com - For Me
Posted on 11.08.2006
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Visual search engine Like.com launched today, allowing consumers to search for items by appearance instead of just text. the very engaging "Likeness Search" hopes to improves the ease of finding aesthetic or hard-to-describe items on the Web. Clicking on a photo of an item (or a celebrity wearing those items) for example will enables users to compare that item's shape, color, and texture to millions of other items found on the Web and display the best matches. The initial release focuses on just four "aesthetically-oriented" shopping categories – handbags, jewelry, shoes, and watches but allows for the purchase of those items from brands retailers such as Amazon, eLUXURY, ICE.com, Lands' End®, ShoeBuy, and Zappos.
While a picture may be worth a thousand words, the Web has come to understand and use search terms and their more complex cousin the "search phrase' with great proficiency. While it may be easier to shop and search by clicking on pictures I find it difficult to believe that Web searchers (at least this Web searcher) will not opt to rely (as a default) on descriptive tags that may or may not be attached to a given photo or product image.
"Like.com consumers shop for products online, enabling the next-generation of online shopping. Like.com truly allows consumers to window shop on the Web and see a great selection of products that match their tastes," added Shah.
I'm sure someone will utilize the very powerful technology that Riya, Like.com's parent company has created (probably my wife) but it's not me. Granted I'm not the most fashionable fellow, but I don't care to have P. Diddy influence my search for blinged out timepieces, er, watches.
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