Going through the process of approving and trashing comments, I still find many comments with those face-less heads and in worst cases, the devil constructs. Could it be the first time he/she is commenting? Or, are there still lots of people who follow James Adam’s suggestions as discussed in Anoop’s blog “Tips for Staying Anonymous on the Web”? If not, they are still unknown of gravatars.
This post is for those beginners who are now where I was.
What is Gravatar?
This is how gravatar.com introduces “Your Gravatar is an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog. Avatars help identify your posts on blogs and web forums, so why not on any site?”
Gravatar identifies you through the email address on comment or post forms and displays the globally recognizable avatar you’d selected.
Why to use Avatars?
I’d like to quote Thord Daniel Hedengren on Devloung (Gravatars: Why Both Commenters and Publishers Should Use It):
No matter if you comment to voice your opinion first and foremost, or if you have a more hidden agenda (like getting visitors to your site, or promote a product or service for that matter), you should have a Gravatar. Not only does it make your comment stand out more than the ones who doesn’t it’s also an opportunity to promote your brand, be it yourself or something else, a little.
You could use:
- a photo as a Gravatar, which will show off your face.
- a logo as a Gravatar, which will build brand recognition.
- a product picture as a Gravatar, which will build product awareness.
You could also have a humorous Gravatar, or a serious one, or whatever you’d like to gain attention to. Having a good and thought-through Gravatar is a way to be seen, and to get a message across, in addition to your actual comment.
For myself, I’ve got a photo. This is suitable for several reasons, one being to show my face and therefor imply that I’ve got nothing to hide. Or something like that.
Apart from the points Hedengren made in his post, there is yet another more important reason to use Gravatars – Prove you are NOT SPAM. Your avatar is a clear indication of your valid email address. Spammers won’t use valid email addresses? Whatever, it gives sense that you are sincere and not a spambot.
How to make your own avatars?
I talked too much, I guess. Its time to know how you can show your picture against every comments or posts you make. The image works more like a logo for you wherever you drop some words. It is promoting you, isn’t it?
Lee Calcote – Geek by trade, has written a great post explaining, with illustration, to help you set up Gravatar account and assign your photo that can be used as comment pictures. Please visit “How to create an avatar/gravatar for blogs” for step-by-step procedure.
Feeling lazy to go through text and images? Sit back and watch this video. Christina Hills from WebSiteCreationWorkshop shows you how to get your picture to show up when you comment on blogs on the internet. Using Gravatar.com you can easily set this up.
If you still have any more questions, why not to visit the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ from gravatar.com iteself?
Its Okey! Go and get your own avatar and publish comment pictures. Next time when you write comment, it should no longer be anonymous.
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