Skylines is a real time photo search engine that helps users “see what they like.” Skylines generates results based on interests. Interests can be anything, from a person to a place or thing. The application obtains results mined from Twitter, Facebook likes, FourSquare mayorships or put together manually. The application searches popular photo sites including TwitPic, yFrog, InstaGram and MobyPicture. The user only has to enter an item into the search bar provided on the Skylines homepage to get started. Doing so causes the page to refresh and show the user rows of results. The user can also see tags and captions as well as who posted the item, how long ago it was posted and a link to the source location. Users can toggle between someone and something when searching.Show more screenshots »
Skylines was founded by Michiel Frackers and Koen Verhagen. The company is based out of Amsterdam. It was intended to provide the first real time photo search engine. Users can see the most recently added photo matches for each search they perform. The Skylines team also includes CEO Martijn Pannevis.
Skylines gives users a unique way to search for photo results online. Other search engines, like Google, present results based on a number of factors. These are not always the most recently added and often include popularity as a determining factor. Skylines focuses on the topic and shows the user when the item was added. This gives the user a new list of photos that could provide a better variety than standard search engine results.
Skylines is all about photos, and it shows on the homepage. Users are greeted by numerous images of photos based on the default search word, “car.” In the upper, left hand corner, users can find a green banner that includes the search tool bar and the something or someone links. Four links are found to the right of the bar. Each search result is presented as a medium size image with the image information posted just below each.
Visitors are not required to create a Skylines account to search for photos. However to access all the current features, the user can create an account by clicking the My Skylines link in the upper, left hand corner of the homepage (to the right of the green banner). The user can find the sign up box in the right column. The user is asked for their email address first. After clicking the grey “Sign Up” button, the user is advised that Skylines has emailed them a password. This message must be accessed so the user can log in to their newly created account.
Skylines offers a helpful services that gives users another way to find unique images online. In general, it is easy to classify as a search engine. Charging a fee for this type of service would not be wise considering the many free alternatives. Luckily Skylines has kept its service as appealing as possible by providing users with free access. No subscription fee is required or other expense to use Skylines or maintain an account.
Skylines is interesting for anyone who needs to find unique pictures. The search engine takes a new approach towards providing a rather basic service. Many users can discover newly added images that match their interests and could be used to help them find even more unique images.