So, among the many day’s activities (fixing the damage of a hacker at a site I help run, dropping a hot tub on my leg, etc), I managed time to add a new feature to this ghetto-fabulous site: Gravatars.
What, pray tell, is a gravatar? Well, rather than try to explain, I’ll let the folks behind gravatar do it:
A gravatar, or globally recognized avatar, is quite simply an 80×80 pixel avatar image that follows you from weblog to weblog appearing beside your name when you comment on gravatar enabled sites. Avatars help identify your posts on web forums, so why not on weblogs?
Having incorporated them into my site, when you leave a comment (using the same email address that you use to set up your gravatar), your gravatar will display by your post. I’ve done some tweaking: the gravatar will be 50 pixels square, and browsers that support the CSS3 property of
opactity (Firefox, Safari… Opera?) will render them at 30% opacity, so they blend in a bit better. I’ll post a comment to this entry so you can see what I’m talking about.
It’s cool, but it only works if you sign up at Gravatar.com and upload your desired picture. It’s free, and they are very clear about never giving out (or allowing interception of) your email addresses or personal information. What’s even better is that when you sign up, you not only get your own little avatar image on my site… but any other site that supports gravatars (one notable one being Hicks Design, home of John Hicks (talented designer and creator of the slick Firefox logo)).
So give it a go, ya mug.