Email gets personal with Gravatar and MessageFaces

January 02, 2008 | Posted by Demitrious Kelly

It’s been brought to my attention that there is a very cool Thunderbird plugin called MessageFaces which, after you enable the option in the plugin preferences, will show gravatars in the header section of the email messages you view. We happen to think that this is terrific, and one more example of how Gravatar can be used to bring a touch of personalization where there would otherwise be nothing but the cold feel of a whitewashed internet. Thanks very much to Jens Bannmann for writing this very cool plugin!

54 Responses

  1. silveira says:

    Amazing, Gravatar is really a great thing.
    I hope in next WordPress version we have a native integration with Gravatar.

  2. Jeff says:

    Integration could be as simple as including the WordPress gravatar plugin with the default install. The trick will be getting a critical mass of commenters/users to add their own image. I can’t think of any way to make it easier that it currently is, so I guess we just have to wait.

  3. ChaosKaizer says:

    I agree with silveira, I would like to see thats happening.

  4. Add me to that list.

  5. nerrad says:

    Now if google would look at implementing gravatar with gmail – that, I’d like 🙂

  6. fatfingur says:

    That’s a very good plugin! And I agree with the guys above me too. I hope it becomes native in WordPress. 🙂

  7. This is quite interesting. I wonder what it would take to modify Evolution to do the same.

    Time to start examining code….

  8. 3mind says:

    yeah, native integration sounds fantastic … and hopefully gmail will make a move in that direction too.

  9. Great plugin! Thanks for bringing it in my attention 🙂

  10. good idea, i like that 🙂

  11. James says:

    Yep, I’ll 3rd that. Native it people. The less plugin tweaking we need to do for essential things the better.

    Merry New Year.

  12. farfromfearless says:

    It would be really nice to see a desktop version of the Gravatar tool (upload/crop/manage); something that could be quite universal to implement — I think that would really increase the adoption of Gravatar as a service and concept.

  13. Theory says:

    I wish it wouldn’t load the default gravatar every time somebody doesn’t have one. Not showing anything is preferable! It also shunts the DispMUA icon about, which is very irritating and could be resolved simply by reserving the required space from the moment the message is opened.

    But I still like it. 🙂

  14. I’ve been using the MessageFaces add-on for over a year. It’s great on mailing lists where lots of people already have Gravatars 🙂

  15. storymode says:

    I use Thunderbird quite often than I ever expected to. I’ll have to look into this myself.
    Thanks for the announcement!

  16. lordthaddius says:

    Wow awesome! I love Thunderbird, and here is yet another reason to enjoy it.

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  18. Bollywood says:

    Yep, Ide love to see it integrates with messengers now 😀

  19. gestroud says:

    As long as we also have the option to turn it off. 😉

  20. Dr Small says:

    I agree too. This is awesome

  21. jandal says:

    Same, native integration please!

  22. semplon says:

    Cool. with that i can know the sender

  23. I only have 2 days in my site and is work perfect, and the integration with other applications will be the next step

  24. Indigo says:

    Would be great if this could happen in Outlook too!

  25. gestroud says:


  26. Tom says:

    Gravatar should be one of basic plug-ins of every blog.

  27. stefan says:

    esta chida,bueno me boy astaluego

  28. knuspar says:

    As much as it sound slike a nice feature, do you REALLY have the need to personalize your e-mails in such a way?

  29. kOoLiNuS says:

    tried the plugin a while ago … it was a little “heavy” on the program performances, I’ll try it again, anyway !!

  30. Le says:

    Id love this to be native in wordpress. Wish there could be a hack to do this in gmail as thats what I use… but gmail does have something like this but uses its own profile images.

  31. I’ve been using the Thunderbird plugin for a few years, and I think it’s great! I only wish more of the people who emailed me actually *used* gravatars. I mentioned gravatars to my blog readers a month or so ago, and most of them hadn’t been aware they existed.

  32. Rune says:

    If you’re a Mac user, you have this. It’s a plugin for Apple Address book. And uses the pictures from Address book!


  33. I, on the other hand, really miss this for OpenID. Where’s the ability to add my openID-URL and have that associated with my gravatar?

  34. Joel says:

    This is very nice. This should be standard in all e-mail clients.

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  36. deuts says:

    Forget outlook. Long live Thunderbird!

  37. Alessandra says:

    não estou conseguindo… pq??

  38. Ailton says:


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  40. DJ says:

    thats cool

  41. waroengkopi says:


  42. CARLOS says:

    Acho legal o Thunderbird e acredito que com este plugin ficou melhor ainda !!!

  43. EGG_1013 says:

    ola komo se ace para poner la imagen??

  44. EGG_1013 says:

    komo se ace para poner imajenesSS=)

  45. David Gravereaux says:

    I just installed it and I love it!

    Change the default search URL (extensions.messagefaces.gravatar.url with about::config) to this:

    And empty entries won’t display the default gravatar icon.

  46. This brings back memories of the X-Face: header. For those who don’t know, X-Face: lets you inline a tiny image in your outbound mail headers, and quite a few clients support it, though it used to be more widely supported years ago.

  47. What about mail for Mac OS X ?? ;o)

  48. JohnJones says:

    pull down icons for the address book ?

  49. omarm says:


  50. TB3user says:

    Doesn’t work with Thunderbird 3. 😦

  51. There is a new plugin working with Thunderbird 3, see

  52. Hilarion says:

    There’s “Display Contact Photo” Thunderbird 3.1 add-on that can show Gravatar avatars (function disabled by default):

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