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New use for the Favicon

On 18, Jul 2008 | One Comment | In User Experience | By Ryan Feeley

Ever notice the little icon that resides in the address bar beside the domain name? They are called Favicons, and while this blog doesn’t currently have one, but most sites do. They are usually just miniature versions of the sites logo.

We came up with something pretty neat for TinEye, the image-based search engine. Because queries are images, and not text, users could not easily distinguish between tabs with the title.

So for the results pages, we removed the Idée logo and made the favicon dynamic based on the query image.

And as an added bonus, it works well visual aid for search history in the History menu.

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