Getting Your Own Gravatar

Mystery Man GravatarOk, this is a little bit geeky, I’ll admit, but might just be something that interests you as it did me and it is easy to do, so I’ll share:   Have you ever wondered how people get the little thumbnail pictures of themselves next to comments found around the internet? I always did. I didn’t have one and so I’ve usually been shown as the “mystery man” default image whenever I comment on something. Which is fine. A little mystery in life is ok right? But if you are interested in getting a picture of yourself (or of whatever) instead of the mystery man, here is how to do it:

If you don’t know what something is called, it can be hard to Google it. When setting up my blog, I learned that the little pictures are called “Gravatars”.  They are generated by who explains, “A Gravatar is a Globally Recognized Avatar. You upload it and create your profile just once, and then when you participate in any Gravatar-enabled site, your Gravatar image will automatically follow you there.”

Nancie-GravatarHere is my new Gravatar. To get a Gravatar for yourself, you need a account. The account is free and you don’t have to have a WordPress blog either (although you can use it to set up your own blog or to simply follow blogs that you like.)

To sign up for a Gravatar, go to: (I think this is the English sign up site.) If you already have a account, you can click on the sign in button. If you don’t, click on the “sign up for free” text beneath it. You’ll be prompted for an email address and to create a username and a password. It is the email address that finds you around the internet. Once you set up a Gravatar, when you enter your email address when commenting on a post on a site that uses Gravatars, it goes, “Aha! I know this person” and provides the little picture next to the post. (Note: Sites typically ask for an email address when you want to comment on something but don’t usually make the address public.)

Once you’ve signed up, WordPress sends you an email with a link to confirm your account (so it has to be a real email address that you actually use). You then follow the link to finish setting up the account by uploading an image from your computer and (optionally) setting up a profile with more info about you. (You can also make your profile private if you prefer.) Here is a Gravatar support page with info on all this if you are interested.

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