Firefox users have been able to add this functionality for a while [addon link], and now Google Chrome users have an option as well. A new extension adds a TinEye-powered 'search similar' entry to your Chrome context menu. You can see it popped up on my glorious foreground image of Earthworm Jim -- and TinEye's bevy of similar images peeking out around the edge.
I can see myself using TinEye reverse search quite often, really -- to find a higher-quality version of an image, for example. It's a welcome power-up for my right clicks.
What makes it awesome? For starters, it can capture both the visible portion of a page or the entire thing -- and scrolling web pages aren't always support by capture tools. It's also got a nice built-in editor which provides all the functions I typically need when cleaning up a screenshot: crop, shape drawing tools, arrows, editable(!) text, and a blur tool for hiding sensitive information.
When you're finished editing, your image is presented on the page and you can save it locally via a right click or upload and share with the push of a button.
Here's my one gripe about the extension: the links it provides are gigantic. Like many tools which upload to pict.com, the URLs Awesome Screenshot spits out are way longer than, say, an imgur or yfrog link. That creates an extra step sometimes if you're pasting a link into apps which don't auto-truncate.
Hopefully future versions will offer a choice of image host -- if so, Awesome Screenshot will be even better than it already is. And it's already pretty dang good.
I've been using Gmail for years now, and while it's been a dependable workhorse for me sometimes it feels a little on the spartan side. Themes are nice, but it'd be nice to jazz up the conversation threads in some small way... For example, by letting me see the profile picture of the person who sent me the message I'm reading.
Well, would you look at that! Someone put together a Google Chrome extension which does exactly that. If your sender has a picture attached to their Google profile, the extension adds it in below the reply/forward/etc. drop down.
And on the off chance that you can't remember who a sender is by their name alone, now you'll have a handy visual reminder. Unless, of course, they don't have a profile pic -- in which case you'll just see a light blue cartoony head. In that particular case, it probably won't be helpful unless you're communicating with Brainy Smurf.
Personally, I just enjoy a small image breaking up the monotony of text which I've grown accustomed to in my inbox.
One more thing: no RAM is used by this extension. Sweet.
Recently they added drag-and-drop file attachments, and now they've extended that ability to image insertion. Need to remind someone it's peanut butter jelly time? Grab your favorite dancing banana and pull it in to the message window! You'll see a brief animation while your image is uploaded and processed.
Both JPEG and PNG are supported, though you can only drag one image at a time -- at least in my testing. If you've managed to select and drop multiple images, let us know in the comments!