I have figured out I must use GRAVATAR service when I want to change my avatar. However, I have read in Avatar changed into my Facebook picture after adding Facebook to my account? that Facebook avatars are pulled automatically. Is there any possibility to pull my avatar from Google account? I use my G-mail to log in to all Stack Exchange sites, and I have got avatar assigned there; it's my G+ avatar.

Is there the possibility? If there is this possibility, is any configuration or permission granting required?

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    This is all getting rather bizarre. If I book into a hotel room, the staff don't go pull all my light fittings from my house to fit them in said room (after I viewed the room without them and accepted.) I'd be irate if they did, naturally. Remind me never to log in to Facebook.SO lest my personality be raped. Sep 6, 2011 at 12:42
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    @MrDisappointment nothing unusual happens just by visiting fb.SO - that is purely limited to accounts directly linked through fb, and IIRC the use of the image is optional. Sep 6, 2011 at 12:50
  • @Marc Not sure why, but recently haven't been getting notifications that strip the space+period from my username... on-topic, though, I read through Kevin's post in the linked answer which seems to indicate just by signing in to the Facebook.SO (with a Facebook account) would automatically pull through your Facebook avatar. I didn't expect that behaviour when associating via Yahoo - and I'd be shocked if it had done so without asking: outraged, actually. I'm not sure for what reasons Facebook is so "special". Would it be OK for any other service, or just ubiquitous networking ones? Sep 6, 2011 at 12:57
  • @Mr.Disappointment it relates to the swapover from the facebook developer forums to SO, allowing users of the existing forums to get sorted ASAP. Re yahoo - that is somewhat different. You aren't on yahoo.stackoverflow.com, etc... this was designed to help transfer users with the least disruption, inconvenience and support hassle. Sep 6, 2011 at 13:03

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This is not currently supported; indeed, the facebook images were only very recently added (to support facebook.stackoverflow.com). It is an interesting possibility, but I'm not sure it is something that has an urgent priority - it is pretty easy to setup a gravatar, and that will support your identity on a wide range of sites. So much so that I am now actually surprised if I post anything anywhere and it doesn't immediately show my mug.

  • Thanks for the answer. I'll use gravatar then.
    – Pavel S.
    Sep 6, 2011 at 12:52

This was implemented at some point several years ago, silently.

When someone creates new account using Google as the provider, Stack Exchange pulls their avatar from Google automatically.

For example, this user. (avatar)

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