Last weekend at the fantatic wedding of my friends A and A, someone used my iPhone to take a picture of me wearing a strapless dress and a plastic Viking helmet. The dress was not visible in the picture, so as far as the picture was concerned, I may well have been wearing nothing but the Viking helmet. I thought the picture was fab, so I set it as my contact picture for myself in my phone.
I am not sure exactly what I thought that setting a contact picture meant, and then I forgot about it. Today while taking care of bizness in my work email, my cursor passed over my name in the Gchat thingie. (My work uses a Gmail-based email system.) To my horror, the Viking helmet picture popped up! Aghast, I clicked on "Edit picture" and then chose "No picture." Whew!
But no! A few hours later at work, I saw that the Viking picture was still there! Here began an insanely long process of repeatedly removing the picture from my Gchat thing, only to have it reappear immediately. Eventually I figured out that the picture was not assigned in my Gmail preferences, but on my phone, to my work email address as a "contact." Whatever. I finally got it to go away. But now I am not sure whether it was visible to everyone else at work for the last week. Shudder.