So, for quite a while the blog software I use has had avatar support. The thing that confused me about this support was that I could never find a place to upload my avatar. This weekend in my free time I dismantled the blog software a bit and discovered that these avatars are actually coming from a site called “gravitar.com”. This fact intrieuged me, and so off I went. From thier site:
A gravatar, or globally recognized avatar, is quite simply an avatar image that follows you from weblog to weblog appearing beside your name when you comment on gravatar enabled sites.
Cool concept, so I went ahead and signed up, and uploaded my pictures. I then discovered I can also addon support for these gravitars to my email client. It’s kinda cool. It also has options to set defaults to randomly generated images for each user, currently I have it set for monsters. 🙂
So, if you want your icon on my blog to switch from a silly looking monster to your real picture, go sign up. Do it, you know you want to!
I may see if I can add support for this to the software used by the BDB too, it might be nice to offload some of that file space / bandwith from Tom to a 3rd party company if he is interested.