I love the word Gravatar, it just rolls off of the tongue 🙂 Globally Recognised Avatar.
As well as being a word that rolls off the tongue, it’s the little photo next to your comment on WordPress blogs and other forums that have Gravatar recognition.
By using a Gravatar, you are allowing people to recognise you wherever in the blog-o-sphere you comment, you can also have the same image as your Facebook profile and your Twitter account, so you are more instantly recognised. By seeing a familiar face you are more likely to stop and comment on a blog, read a comment that someone else has made and become more involved in the blogging community. If you are a blog owner, it makes sense to have the latest version of WordPress enabled so Gravatars show on your posts.
So how to add one…
The image (your photo) is attached to your email address, and when you type that email address, the pic is shown with it.
Attaching your image to your email is easy.
Go to http://en.gravatar.com and add the email address you use for making comments.
An email will be sent to you to activate your account.
Follow the instructions in the email.
You will then be asked for a user name and a password, choose wisely your user name – it’s going to be with you a long time! 🙂
Upload an image from your PC or choose to add an image of you from the web (Quick Note how to add web image – right click the image, click properties and a grey box appears, use the image location URL.). You can then crop the image so it fits the box.
When you crop and finish, you will be asked to rate your image. Unless you have upload a naughty or graphically violent pic, I suggest you use a G rating – this is for general use.
If you have a WordPress account already you will find that you cannot login on the sign-up page, you have to go to your WordPress account and add the image there.
Adding a Gravatar is fast and easy, and will update your comments across the web in a few days. If you want to practice, add a comment here and see what happens (and shout if it does not work, we’ll see what we can do to help).