There used to be a photo of me that was associated with my Gmail account, it was displayed during Google Video Chat sessions.
Today, while testing iChat, I signed in to my Gmail account from my MacBook iChat client.
Afterwords, when viewing my Gmail account on my PC, I found that the Fast User Switching image from my MacBook had become my Gmail account image -- presumably because iChat uses that image as its default chat image.
The original Gmail account image was gone.
Evidently the "Jabber" transactions that seem to underlie Google/iChat credential exchange also propagated my account image to Gmail via iChat.
It's a good thing I don't have exotic tastes in user account images.
12/25/09: Still a problem. This time I think it propagated via MobileMe until it now shows up in my iPhone as my personal picture! The picture I used to have is gone.
Aha. I was wondering how my OSX picture became my google picture too, and ichat seems like the answer. Any idea how to stop this from happening?
I gave up on iChat -- too dated compared to Google Video Chat. I don't know of a fix.
I wonder if Apple even knows about the bug.
It sure is weird, and for some people it could be incredibly bad. Imagine if a risque login image became one's google image ...
I have another weird problem...whenever I use iChat with google id, the picture in my gmail chat becomes blurred...
I have got rid of iChat and am using Adium now (however buggy it may be)
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