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I created an account using Google OpenID. Stack Exchange took a picture from a private album I had on Picasa. I find this interesting and disturbing. It's not a very good picture of me, hah. I have a Google+ account with two public profile pictures already.

Has anyone else had this issue when creating an account using Google as an OpenID provider?

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Nice picture! .. so, i'm a lil confusd what happened again? Why it's not valid? – Adel Mar 28 '12 at 15:39
Did you enter an email address, in your Stack Exchange profile? – kiamlaluno Mar 28 '12 at 15:42
Have you used this picture for Google Talk or Gmail chat? Google can make a picture available to OAuth consumers, but I'm not sure where it's taken from. (edit: See Selecting your Gmail picture - Gmail Help to control this, possibly.) – Jeremy Banks Mar 28 '12 at 15:44
sorry for the delay in answering! i've never used this picture for anything, ever before. it happened to be on my picasa web account which google+ had access to, the folder the picture was is was private; i've never used it for any profile picture in google products, ever. – scape May 26 '12 at 11:26
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We do not pull a picture based on information sent directly from Google OpenId (or any other OpenId other than Facebook).

We use the Gravatar service for our user images. If you edit your profile, you will see a "change picture" link underneath the picture. This link takes you to Gravatar's site.

If we are pulling that image for you, it means that the email you have entered in your user profile here is an email that is connected to your Gravatar account, and furthermore that the picture we are using is connected to that email address within Gravatar.

If you would like to use a different image, you will need to change the image associated with the email on Gravatar's side. If you want to use a different image here only, but not anywhere else that uses Gravatar, you could use +-addressing. You could add to Gravatar and then add a special image there. This will leave anything pulling Gravatar for unaffected.

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+1 I was seriously considering posting this as an answer, but wasn't sure if the picture issue has changed, as it has with the Facebook logins. – BinaryMisfit Mar 28 '12 at 17:45
Nope, Facebook is an exception. – Rebecca Chernoff Mar 28 '12 at 17:53
Some exception indeed ;-) – Arjan Mar 28 '12 at 18:01
@Arjan hehe yes, that amused me. (: – Rebecca Chernoff Mar 28 '12 at 18:02
@Reb - I'm glad my problems amuse you ;) – Lix Mar 28 '12 at 18:07
@Lix I actually meant it as a compliment. They way you presented the bug with the meme face and Jeff/Joel was a well-done bug report. (: – Rebecca Chernoff Mar 28 '12 at 19:03
@reb - My comment was sarcastic :P I am flattered that you enjoyed my report - I enjoyed making it :P In the very serious and professional world of technology its important to break the monotony now and then. – Lix Mar 28 '12 at 19:45
sorry for the delay in answering! I've never set up a Gravatar account prior to setting up a stackoverflow account, if my memory serves me best. i also don't think i would ever choose that photo. thanks for your input – scape May 26 '12 at 11:30
so I looked into it and apparently I do have a gravatar account which is linked to, I used to have a wordpress account years and years ago-- perhaps this is where it all started from? thanks for your help! – scape May 26 '12 at 11:39

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