Have you visited the Comments section on any of our more highly commented-upon blog posts recently? If not, please do it now. We’ll wait…
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Welcome back! Did you notice anything different? If you’re observant, you probably saw that many of the comments now have a little face next to them. These are called “gravatars” and they’re the latest edition to the EzineArticles blog.
A gravatar, or globally recognized avatar, is simply an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things. In essence, its a portable avatar.*
How do I get a gravatar?
- Signing up for a gravatar.com account is FREE and FAST
- All that’s required is your email address
- Once you’ve signed up you can upload your avatar image immediately
- Soon after you’ll start seeing it on gravatar-enabled sites – like EzineArticles.com
- Simply go to http://en.gravatar.com/site/signup/ to sign up!
What are the benefits of a gravatar over an avatar?
- Ease – You only have to create your gravatar once to have it appear on any gravatar-enabled site
- Convenience – Updating your gravatar image updates your gravatar on every blog and forum using it
- Consistency – Your image appears the same across all gravatar-enabled sites
- Credibility – You have one unified “brand” representing your online presence
Gravatars fall in to that wonderful little “No-Brainer” category reserved for things that are FREE, EASY, FAST and packed with benefits. So why wait? Take a few minutes now to create yours, then leave a comment so we can all see your creation!
* Official Definition: A gravatar is an icon, or representation, of a user in a shared virtual reality, such as a forum, chat, website, or any other form of online community in which the user(s) wish to have something to distinguish themselves from other users.