As you surf the Internet, leaving comments, checking in and posting to websites, you have an opportunity to show the world who you are. If you’ve always wanted to show your picture next to your comment or want to link your picture to a website, you should get a Gravatar.
What Is a Gravatar
Gravatar stands for Globally Recognized Avatar. A Gravatar is a picture or other image that is automatically included when you leave a comment on websites using your email address. With a Gravatar, you can leave comments, post in forums, check in at a “kajillion” different websites and have the same picture of yourself posted wherever you go.
Here’s a video from the official Gravatar website explaining what a Gravatar is:
On The Wonder of Tech, the Gravatars are the round images next to people’s comments. When you see someone’s Gravatar, you can hover your cursor over it to get more information about the person.
Try it. Go down to the Comments section and hover your cursor over the round image next to a comment to learn more about the person leaving the comment. You can hover over images on the sidebar too.
Note that not all websites have the hover feature but often you can click on the commenter’s image for more Gravatar information.
Gravatars Are More than Images
Gravatars can help the world get to know you. You can add a link and contact information to your Gravatar. You can link your other accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn, Flickr, YouTube, FourSquare, Tumblr, Yahoo! and others. You can add even more information about yourself in the About Me section.
How to Get a Gravatar
Getting a Gravatar is easy and free. Head to gravatar.com and enter your email address. You’ll be sent a confirmation link to that email address.
Open the email from Gravatar and click on the link. You can then begin setting up your Gravatar. Start by uploading a picture of yourself to use. You can then connect your accounts, add an About Me description and a website link, and choose a custom color or image for your background. That’s it!
Helpful Gravatar Hints
Choose your Gravatar wisely. This is the image you are showing to the world. You can use a company logo or cartoon image, but many people enjoy seeing a real face to relate to the person. Some blogs require commenters use their real photos as their Gravatars to help protect against pesky spammers.
Set it and forget it. Some people update their Gravatars frequently, but that can be confusing if you want to have people recognize you immediately. Gravatars are not necessarily updated the moment you change your image. For example, if you’re wearing adorable Easter bunny ears in a Gravatar next week, that image could stick around till May despite your efforts to change it.
By taking a few moments to set up a Gravatar, you can help the world get to know you a bit better.
Have you set up a Gravatar? Have you linked your accounts and/or a website? Have you ever checked out someone by clicking on their Gravatar? Have you updated your Gravatar recently? Have you ever used a Gravatar you regretted? Leave a Comment below so we can check out your Gravatar!
Field Trip for iPhone
Good news for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch owners! Google’s Field Trip app, reviewed here at Field Trip – Discover the World Around You!, is now available free in the iTunes App Store. This free app can help you discover helpful and interesting places near you, such as restaurants, shops, historical and quirky sites.
You can get the Field Trip app from the iTunes App Store.