Two years ago, I posted about Gravatar. Seeing that the great A to Z challenge is starting this Friday (even though I’m not participating), I thought it would be a good time to revive this old post and share again. It might help with growing blogging relationships.
Do you know someone who is bad with names but good with faces? Or maybe you’re one of those people?
If the answer is “No” on both accounts, well, let me introduce myself. My name is Loni. I remember faces, not names.
Google is amazing. They have connected so many different services, your profile (and its picture) is available through several venues without any effort on your part. The result is you have a nice little picture when you comment on a Blogger blog.
But what if you’re not commenting on a Blogger blog? What if it’s WordPress? Or Typepad? Depending on the platform and settings, your avatar may vary. It might be a fractal design, or it might be something else.
There is a service called Gravatar that is designed to help out. The Globally Recognized Avatar identifies your email address and populates the generic avatar with your image of choice. Now people like me, who recognize faces and not names, can have that extra little helper to build relationships and connections online. And isn’t that what we all want? To connect?
I hope I see your face around here more often!
Are you a person who remembers names well? Do you remember people better when you have a picture to pair with them? Have you heard of Gravatar before?