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How to Quickly Reverse Image Search on Facebook

It would not be a total lie to say that Facebook started the social media trend. Even more so than MySpace, no offense to MySpace.


But, nowadays Facebook helps us keep in touch with friends in far-off spaces, and to find new communities to join. And, now you can use Facebook to reverse image search.


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Why You Would Want to Facebook Reverse Image Search


Facebook is one of the biggest social media platforms ever with millions of photos uploaded almost daily. Not as much as the photo-sharing powerhouse that is Instagram. But still, there are a lot of photos that are uploaded onto Facebook.


Plus, not only are original photos shared on Facebook but there are other images that are also shared on the social media platform. There are countless jokes, memes, inspiration quotes, and images from Google such as celebrities or puppies. Facebook can easily be seen as the go-to space to share content. But, many users do not credit the original source, or in the case of art, the creator, of the many of the images that they share.

Therefore, there could be a few reasons why you would want to reverse image search Facebook pictures. You could want to check the original source of a meme, to find a new friend’s Facebook profile; to make sure that your copyright has not been infringed upon, and to even check the source of the Facebook photos from some Facebook users. For whatever your reasons may be, Facebook image search is a useful tool to know.


Why Do User Not Credit the Original Poster/ Creator


Simply put there are two groups of people when it comes to sharing. The ones that share because they like something or it has meaning to them, and they think that it is alright to share it without crediting the original. This is fine in terms of many old-school memes, or inspirational quotes. But, it becomes an issue when it is an artist’s work. This can fall into copyright infringement.


And a lot of the time, the users in this first group have no idea who the original poster/ creator is. They could have found the image online and uploaded it to their Facebook without any malicious intent. If you are an artist and you come across this group then you can politely ask them to take it down or give you credit, and they will do so with many apologies.


However, the second group is the one that everyone should be concerned about. They are the people that do know better but do not care. Or they can get into an argument that if something is online it is free to share and use. This is not true at all. If you come across this group, all we can say is good luck.


We should suggest that if you are an artist or a photographer that you add a watermark over your work which is hard and time-consuming to remove. It can also be a good idea that you put parts of the image you are marketing or make the image low resolution if you want to take that risk. But, make it clear that you have a better resolution once the product is brought.


And keep your eye out if you see copies of your work online from people that did not buy it from you. Or that they did not give you credit. If this is not an issue for you then you do not need to worry about it.


Why You Should Not Use These Tools


If your intention is to research and double-check something then that is all well, and good. However, if your intentions, and no offense to you or anyone, is to be a stalker and creepy then it is best that you do not. It is not right to use these tools, or any, for stalking purposes. There is a reason why so many profiles are private and please do not add to it.


Why Copyright Infringement is An Issue


Copyright infringement is when a work such as a drawing or a photo is copyrighted but it is still distributed, reproduced, shared around without the creators or owners permission and knowledge. This can be a major issue for artists who are trying to get not only their work but their name out there.


And, it can also eat to their profits. That is why when you post a creative work on your Facebook page you should try to find the source of it to at least give them credit. This is another reason that reverse image search should be used so that you can cover your back. To check it the image is free to post and share around. And copyright infringement can also affect you if you are an artist or a photographer.


While it is wonderful that people want to share your work, it is even better if they credit you. It can be a way of free marketing allowing new customers or fans to find and support you. Therefore, finding who has shared your work and asking them to give you credit or to take it down would be the way to go.


Plus, it is easier to share your new work to other Facebook pages, if no one has yet to see it. If they have seen it already then yours will not get enough attention. People could see your work on Facebook before you uploaded it there. This could happen if you have posted your work on, say, Reddit first before Facebook.


And someone off of Reddit saw it and took it from there to share on their profile or page. Hence, why your new work is not new on Facebook. This can be a possibility. However, sometimes people do not realize that they are infringing on your copyrighted work. They could have found your image on Google, and generally liked it. So much so that they shared it with their friends without checking the credits.


In this latter case, approaching them online and explaining what they did and who you are, could go well and they agree with you. Or it could not go as well and an argument starts. But, people are hopefully more the former than the latter. Well, at least if they too are artists.


Which Images Can Be Used


Any image can be used as long as you have the filename. The filename is unique to every upload of the image. Therefore, you would be able to track it down using a few methods. However, if the image has been uploaded by several users, or it is an old one then only the specific uploader will be listed as well as the copies.

It can be difficult to find an exact match with multiples of the same image. But, the higher the resolution of the picture the better your chances are of finding the source of it. However, these methods are not the same as the software that is used for facial recognition so finding your new friend may not be as easy a task as you would like it to be.


Plus, the privacy settings of the user can also influence the outcome. As their Facebook profile is private, and therefore, you cannot find them. Even if you happen to have their profile picture. There are certainly several tutorials that you can find online to aid you in this quest but do not be a creep about it or use this information for stalking.


How To Reverse Image Search


There are several ways that you can do Facebook imagine searching. The one way is by opening the image in a New Tab, by right-clicking the image, when you use the web browser Google Chrome. On other browsers such as Bing or Yandex, you may have to look for the option to “View Photo/ View Image”.


In the URL of the image aka the filename, you will see a long list of numbers. You should only focus on the middle set of numbers that is separated by underscores. This is known as the ID number or photo ID that you will use for your photo search. You can open another tab where you can paste or type: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=.


And then go back to your previous tab with the pic and copy the photo ID. In your new tab that you have just opened, you paste the photo ID behind the equal (=) in the URL with any spaces. Therefore, you should get something like: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=photoID.


Once that is all ready, all you have to do is to press enter. This should take you to the photo on Facebook where you can find the Facebook account or Facebook page which posted it in the first place. However, this may not work if the user has either blocked you or they have changed their privacy settings to private. Meaning that you cannot find or see the photo.


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Another Way To Search By Images Using Google


Google image search is a great way to reverse image search to find the source of it. Google has an algorithm that is usually fairly spot-on. What you can do is that you can right-click the image on Facebook and go to “Search Google for Image”. From here a new tab will open automatically with the matching and similar images.


Furthermore, you can narrow down your search results even more by typing in or copy and pasting site:facebook.com into the search bar. This is only for images that have already been uploaded to the net. You can also use images.google.com where you can paste the URL of the Facebook photo into the search bar for image searching.


If you want to check copy infringement using your own images then there is a slightly different method. You go to images.google.com and press on the camera icon at the edge of the search box. Here you can upload your image by choosing the “upload an image” tab, and insert your image by pressing on the “file” button.


Then you would just have to find your image file on your computer or mobile. And if you want to narrow the search then add site:facebook.com to find related images on Facebook. Plus, you can also reverse image search on other browsers, not just Google, such as Bing, Safari, Firefox, etc.


However, if you are on Android or an iPhone you can still reverse image search by going to the desktop version of Google. From here you can do the same thing by uploading your image and adding site:facebook.com to the search box.


Other Ways to Reverse Image Search


There are several reverse image search engines outside of Facebook, Google, and other web browsers. One of the most used and popular ones is TinEye. This is a free service that specializes in finding the source of an image. It will let you know where the images have been posted on Twitter, Amazon, Facebook, Flickr, etc.


SauceNAO is also a reverse image search tool. What makes this different from the one already mentioned is that it can recognize other languages that do not use the Roman alphabet. Therefore, it is a good one for those in East Asian countries, such as Japan, China, or Korea to name a few.


Now if you want to go for a more advanced search, and you are willing to pay for it then you can try RevIMG. This search option has a unique algorithm that looks not only at images but at products, text, buildings, art, etc. The cheapest package is 49 US dollars per month.


Which Method Would We Suggest


While all the above methods are easy to do and simple to follow, we would suggest going the images.google route. It is fast, and it not only covers Facebook but the rest of the net. And if you do want to narrow it down to only Facebook then you can.


If the image is unique and not a template that can be adjusted then it is easy to find the source of the image on Facebook. However, if the Facebook user used a template then it can be a bit more challenging since other people have used that same one but added their own spin and touches to it. Therefore, you would have to search to find the exact one you are looking for.

Using Facebook to reverse image search is a good way to find the original source of an image as well as to keep on top of your copyright. But, keep in mind that there is such a thing as fair use, as well. These methods are to help you, not for you to abuse or stalk.


Hopefully, this article has taught you how to use the tools that are available. Plus, if you want to read more, why not check out this article; about why it is a good idea to like your own posts. It may sound weird, but there is very good reasoning for it.



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