While browsing through the Gmail settings, I found out that I could select a profile image which is shown to my email recipients. How does it work?
- Will it attach an image to every message?
- If not, will the image be shown to non-Gmail users? How?
I recently received an email from non-Gmail account† and the new Gmail design showed sender's image next to the message. After googling the sender's name, I found out the image is actually the same he uses in his Google profile—though I can't say if it is the profile image.
Does Gmail automatically search Google Profiles or is there an email standard I'm not aware of? Looking at the raw email, though, I see no references (attachments, binary data, urls) to the profile image, so it probably isn't the latter.
Is the Gmail image independent of the Google Profiles image?
†) I'm also sure it is not a Google Apps for domain -account.