If you’ve been following this site for a bit, you know that I’m a big fan of Gravatar, which is a Globally Recognized Avatar. Simply upload a picture that you want to use to represent yourself online.
If you run a WordPress blog, a great tool for building communities is the Gravatar plugin. There are actually 3-4 of them out there, but they all seem to have quit working while Gravatar was temporarily down for a few months. Now that its back up and running, you can once again access the official Gravatar plugin created by Tom Werner, the creater of Gravatar. In Tom’s most recent blog post, he mentions they are working on a new version of this popular plugin, which will hopefully have increased functionality. The other ones created by third parties don’t seem to work yet.
If you have an existing Gravatar account, when you check out the comments on this blog, you should see a picture next to your comment. This will help others find recognize comments from individual users. To get a Gravatar, simply go to their site, enter your E-mail address, then upload your picture. It couldn’t be any easier!
Once you’ve got your Gravatar account created, comment below to see it in action!!
Update: In reviewing the blog posts notes, it can take a few hours to show up, and some people have stated their Gravatar still isn’t working properly. I’m waiting to hear back from Tom Werner regarding this.
[Download the WordPress Gravatar plugin (WordPress 1.2 or later required)]
Update: Due to Gravatar’s problems, I have since upgraded to the MyAvatars plugin on this site. If you want your avatar to show up, you will need to sign up for a MyBlogLog account and upload your picture there. Thanks!