A new photo search engine called Pixsy is aiming to widen the reach of image gathering for creative professionals, agencies and publishers.
With Pixsy, users get access to photos not found by most image search engines, including those from Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc., which primarily rely on spidering technology to crawl the Web for images, said Rich Lerz, co-founder and chief operating officer for Thousand Oaks, Calif.-based Pixsy Inc.
"This approach of spidering limits the type of photos that can be found. Pixsy has partnerships with unique photo databases that enable our users to find photos not found by these search engines. We get access to this diverse content through our unique technology partnerships, so when our partners add new photos, they show up immediately at Pixsy," Lerz said.
Pixsy lets users search for photos on blog networks, mobile blog networks, social networks and random sites through its existing technology partnerships.
For example, users can search on the term "Bill Gates" and the results will include a plethora of Bill Gates photos and graphics. They include photos of Bill Gates face on the head of a scrambling gingerbread man, lounging across the top of a monitor at a relatively young age and a Warhol-esque painting of the many faces of Gates.