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Back in my day, a blog’s comment section was for comments, not all these newfangled user photos and tweetbacks and whatnot. (*shakes cane emphatically*)
Actually, I really like being able to see pictures of commenters, but the problem is that very few people actually customize their avatars in advance, so you end up with a bunch of default icons that don’t really add much value to a blog.
If you’re tired of having that generic “mystery man” logo next to your comments, here’s a simple trick that might help.
Gravatar -- short for "globally recognized avatar" -- is a free service that uses your e-mail address to remember which image you’d like to use on blogs. It’s not just for comments. WordPress blogs can use Gravatars in all sorts of ways, such as byline photos for posts you’ve written.
But I have to say the most convenient thing about Gravatar is that it will pull up the photo attached to your e-mail address whenever you leave a comment. (As long as it’s a Gravatar-enabled blog, which most are if they have a space for a user photo.)
Setting up your Gravatar is a snap. Just go to Gravatar.com, create an account and upload the photos you want associated with your e-mail addresses. For example, you might want one photo associated with your work account and more casual image for your personal address.
That’s it! This is really one of our simplest tips in this series, but you’ll be surprised how often it comes in handy.Estimated time needed: 10 minutes.
Benefits: A more consistent identity across the social Web.