Yar! We Are Gravatar…

gravatar-genericYep, unless we have a ‘Gravatar’, when we post a comment on a blog we will remain, forever, that ‘grey’ man icon… or, if we’re lucky, a randomly generated bit of nonsense. See that in action in the Comments below this post.

Gravatars are Globally Recognized Avatars. An avatar or 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.

Created by Tom Werner, gravatars make it possible for a person to have one avatar across the entire web. Avatars are usually an 80px by 80px image that the user will create themselves.

Let’s start as we mean to go on, to be recognisable on the web. You’ll find that you start recognising people in forums and on blogs, and they you.


I personally don’t care if that’s a real photo, a caricature (in my case) or a company logo but once you’ve decided what it’s to be then stick with it. In Social Networks too it’s a must.

Mea Culpa: I admit that in the past I tried to create a separate image for every site/email I own i.e. different images for different email addresses – and that’s still true to a certain extent – but if starting from scratch with a blog today I’d want to stamp my image and profile on the web from day one!

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Managing Director at Big Buzz Projects
Clive McGonigal is a full time Web Developer, Marketer, WordPress Evangelist and all round Decent Chap. He lives between London and France ( on a tiny rowing boat with an internet connection) and spends his offline time wining, dining and conversing with his dogs. He loves WordPress ( themes, plugins and tweaks) and blogs about them whenever he can.

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  1. Clive says:

    Still working on getting all my Gravatars (mostly) to the same image

  2. Basil says:

    Here’s one I prepared earlier

  3. Clive says:

    See what I’m saying here?

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