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I recently started using Google Latitude with some of my close friends. Many of them have not set a picture for their icon/avatar yet, so when looking at a map it can be difficult to identify people (They all have the default silhouette icon). Is there any way for me to change the icon that is displayed for one of my friends?

I already tried changing the picture associated with their email address in my Gmail account, and that did not work. Any other suggestions other than nagging them to change it themselves?

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Looks like you're stuck with nagging them to change it since Latitude doesn't appear to make use of Contacts information. –  Agent_9191 Aug 17 '10 at 3:05
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It is completely their choice and you cannot do anything about it at all.

This is not the case only with Google Maps or Google Latitude, but through out the net.

How would you like if someone else changed your username/profile pic/about me on SE? Doesn't makes any sense right?

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This is not entirely true, actually. You can set a custom avatar for your contacts in Gmail, for instance, and it will be available “locally,” just for you, in your Gmail interface (or Gtalk list for that matter). And that’s what the OP is asking for, a way to change the avatar picture just for him, “locally” if you will. –  Alex Jun 2 '12 at 11:42
    
@Alex I know that, even we can change the name and email address of anyone in our Contacts, but that's what is "Contacts" - in it's real life meaning. Google Maps does not has it's own "Contacts" manager for users. –  user221287 Jun 2 '12 at 11:45
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@Alex What you are saying is already said by the OP in the last line of the question. –  user221287 Jun 2 '12 at 11:46
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