Photobucket, one of the world’s most popular photo-sharing websites, is preparing to release a new tool for finding photos on the site: a visual search engine. With this feature, Photobucket users can search the site’s 8 billion photos by keyword. The images will appear as search results, and you can then select any of the photos to jump into another search for related content based on that particular photo. You can also quickly access the library of the user who uploaded any given photo as well.
Not only is the new visual search feature powered by Silverlight, it taps into another Microsoft technology, too, with its Windows Live Messenger integration – a move that connects Photobucket’s 70 million users with the 320 million Live Messenger users around the world. With a single click, you’ll be able to share the URL of a photo in your search results with anyone you have in your Live Messenger contact list.
At the time of writing, the visual search feature had not yet gone live on Photobucket.com, but it should be arriving soon.