Adding a icon image in the “from” section of my email.
Author: Michael Rader
November 8, 2013
Have you ever got an email and saw icons in the “from” section of the email? I have. I got an email today on my iPhone 4s that had two airplane images on both sides of the email address from the person who sent it to me. I was amazed. How did they do this? So I set out to do the research on it. I was unable to produce any results from searching “adding a icon image” or “email from icon” or “image in from section of email” so I figured I would fully research this technology and share it with others. Here is what the email I got from an associate looked like:
As it turns out this is only a feature that is capable of showing up in an iPhone. But there is surprisingly very little about it published on the web. I would think that something this cool would make everyone want to have it. It would be the latest big craze but I guess I was wrong. So I write this article for those of you like me appreciate the smaller things in life. I was hoping to be able to place a semi-truck with a heavy haul mover trailer next to my name in our outbound company emails. Outlook express does not support this ability. We even researched trying to place a snippet of code in the header of the message or in the email message properties. No luck. Here is another version of the icon image below.
Getting your image to display properly next to your name.
If you know how to get these fancy images to display next to your name placed in an email message we sure would like to hear from you. Is this specific to a certain network of email senders only? The only occasion that we we have seen this on is in the images displayed on this page. Since this e-mail came to us obviously from the LinkedIn domain it is possible
that the only way for this is to be done and displayed properly is if one: it was sent from a profile from within LinkedIn and two: it was received on an iPhone. We tried forwarding this message to our inbox using Outlook Express and it would not show up. It showed two squares in place of the icon image next the senders name.
Closing in on the technology that does this.
In any event it sure is neat technology. We just got told by a co-worker that LinkedIn did infact just release a new service called “Intro” for all of their users in an effort to expand as they are getting more popular these days. The new Intro service will show recipients with iPhones the senders LinkedIn profile within the body of the email being sent so the person receiving it does not have the leave the environment of the email or open a web browser link to see more information about them like their title and workplace as well as their profile picture. If the recipient chooses to they can click a link that will display more information about them that they have placed on their main profile. If you are interested in trying the Intro service you can do so for free from your iPhone. If you would like to check it out you can watch their promo video. They have also recently released a newly designed app for iPad users that will allow you to simply make a sliding motion on your screen in order to view that users full profile or request a connection. They are also pumping up their job market service for people who are looking for employment as more users move towards using mobile technology for these types of searches.
A quick note on other developments.
LinkedIn has also said that they plan on releasing a new integration service that will use the Pulse app the will detail industry specific news topics and discussions. This new service does not have a release date yet but it should be fairly soon as their popularity increases daily.
Back the the image icons next to your name.
We have to admin that we have not tried the new app to see if it places the cool looking email image icon next to your senders name section (the from line) in your email messages sent. But you can bet one thing for sure. We’re going to try. Please leave your comments for others below.