This is my Gravatar. You’ll see it just about everywhere I post or comment online if the site uses them.
Gravatar stands for Globally Recognized Avatar. It is globally recognized because millions of people and websites use them. Most popular applications like WordPress have built-in support for Gravatar so when a user leaves a comment (with email), it pulls their image from Gravatar servers. That picture is then shown next to the comment.
Benefits for Users
You don’t need to register for every site you visit just to use a Gravatar. You can update the Gravatar you use across multiple sites by uploading a single image in a single place. Gravatars follow you wherever you comment online so people can see your face rather than a default user picture.
Many of us use multiple email accounts – for work, school, our personal lives, our blogs, online groups we belong to, and more. We might even use different images of ourselves in all these instances. You may not want your professional image to be the same as what you’d use on Twitter or Facebook. Gravatar can help you manage these identities by allowing you to associate a different image with each email address you’ve connected to Gravatar. Yes! You can have multiple email addresses associated with your Gravatar account! Managing multiple email addresses with Gravatar is a snap!
If you want to be identified on the web, then you should use a Gravatar. If you are a blogger, non-profit, small business, or anyone who wants to build a brand, then you need to start using Gravatar to make your comments stand out.
A high-five to the following sites for their great information regarding gravatars.
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