"Google has a trend of not deleting content which is uploaded to their databases via Blogger, GMail, Caching or even photo uploads."And then more via Valley Wag:
"A tipster says, "When you delete a photo from your [Blogger] blog, it disappears from your blog. But it does not disappear from photos1.blogger.com, and Google/Blogger says there is NO WAY WHATSOEVER to delete any photo you have ever uploaded that Blogger has stored there." Don't worry, your photo named "elephant_spank_inferno.jpg" is probably too obscure to show up."Want to test this theory? Check out this search on the main Google search, site:photos1.blogger.com, or site:photos1.blogger.com on Google Images.
Now, I did a bit of sleuthing (I've always wanted to use the word "sleuthing" in a sentence), and here's what I found:
from Google Image Search Help: "To remove a copyrighted image from Google's Image Search, please visit our Remove Content page. Here you will find instructions on what to do or how to contact us regarding copyrighted images that need to be removed."
Okay, so let's go to the Remove an image from Google's Image Search: " To remove an image from Google's image index, add a robots.txt file to the root of the server. (If you can't put it in the server root, you can put it at directory level.) Example: If you want Google to exclude the dogs.jpg image that appears on your site at www.yoursite.com/images/dogs.jpg, create a page at www.yoursite.com/robots.txt and add the following text:
- User-agent: Googlebot-Image
- Disallow: /images/dogs.jpg
Got that? Yeah, me too. These might be simple directions for the geeks among us (and I would proudly count myself in that number!), but for most people, this is like reading Greek. I wouldn't say that images would be easy to delete from Google, or for that matter, most search engines. And every 180 days, yikes.
To be fair, Google kicks some serious image booty when it needs to. I found this cease and desist order, a German complaint of unlawful image search result that was submitted and acted upon on February 10, 2006, VERY quickly.
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