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WordPress Words: Avatar

An avatar is an important part of your online representation of yourself, usually a picture of you that shows up in places where you leave comments or forum posts.
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Example: He used a graphic of a purple penguin as his avatar on League Of Legends.

About The Word

The word avatar is from the Hindu language Sanskrit meaning descent. It’s translation refers to the English word “incarnation”, but towards more as appearance or manifestation.

How Avatars Are Used

An avatar is used to represent someone from behind a computer and/or gaming system. It is an image or an icon that symbolizes who the person is or wants to be. Avatars are commonly seen in multiplayer gaming like World of Warcraft, online communities like The Sims Online, or web forums like the one in WordPress. Avatars are also seen for users around the world to interact and chat without leaving their building.

A gaming forum for a game called Metal Gear Solid.

Dealing with the avatar settings.

see also WordPress Words: Gravatar
see also WordPress Words: Blavatar

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WordPress Word: Gravatar

Gravatar is a free service for providing globally unique avatars. It is a type of avatar—an image or picture which represents an individual when they interact with websites, and is integrated it into the WordPress blogging platform.
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About Gravatar

Gravatars were created by Tom Preston-Werner and has been ran and supported by a free service called Automattic since 2007. It’s included with every WordPress account, and always lets every user to authenticate themselves during login, comments are manage not only WordPress, but hundreds of other websites that use it.

“Gravatar” stands for Globally Recognized Avatar, because it works as a single person across multiple websites, removing the need for multiple separate accounts and bios. Prior to Gravatar and similar services, an avatar would included a person’s name. The picture and bios associated with their logon credentials on only a single site.

A gravatar is different than the similarly-named blavatar, which represents an individual blog—not a single person.

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What is a Gravatar?

The Gravatar service is a program that users around the world can use to create their own personal avatar that is recognized globally. Gravatar stands for “globally recognized avatar.”

People all around the world use these graphic icons to represent themselves and give a face to their email, social media, blogs, etc. In WordPress for example your Gravatar is located in the top right hand side of the Administration Panels where you develop your blog, and can also be found anywhere you comment on anyone else’s content on any WordPress site around the world.

The Gravatar system features two services. First, it allows the user to create a visual identity avatar. Second, it creates an online portfolio. If enabled on WordPress or other sites using Gravatars, a Gravatar profile hover card will appear when someone hovers over their Gravatar. Click the Gravatar and the user is taken to the online profile.

Gravatar allows the creator and webmaster to control certain content and ability to configure their system to set a Identicon if the user has no registered Gravatar. Continue reading What is a Gravatar?

What Gravatar App? Why Gravatar App?

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WP Tavern’s Jeff Chandler Wrote an interesting tidbit today about Toni Schneider’s “No details, yet. Stay tuned.” answer when asked about the upcoming Gravatar mobile app Schnider, who traded places with Matt Mullenweg at auttomatic posted this question on the Gravatar blog. Which platform should a Gravatar app be released for first?.Readers had to choose between iOS, Android, or Other. At this time Android is out in front, with iOS trailing behind.

I found some insight, answers, and conjectures in the comments section of Chandler’s article.

Tom J Nowell said this..

I honestly don’t know what a gravatar app would do that a well done web app wouldn’t do for a fraction of the time/money/effort, we can already upload images on iOS via the web, and Android.

It was followed by a very informative and mildly lengthy comment post by Leland Fiegel, here is some of it.

If I had to guess, the mobile app is just a small part of a MUCH bigger Gravatar pivot. We’ve been seeing hints of this for quite a while with the hovercards, linking websites to your account, etc.

Keep in mind, Gravatar is not just a WordPress thing. It’s also been adopted by other very large sites like GitHub, BitBucket, StackOverflow, and others.

Could you imagine if you could “follow” Gravatar users and keep track of their activity across the massive network of Gravatar-enabled sites? We’ve all been participating in what may be one of the larger social networks on the web without even realizing it.

It’s hard to say if this was Automattic’s vision since they acquired Gravatar back in 2007, but I think Toni has recognized potential to be much bigger than just a “globally recognized avatar” service, and he’s acting on it.

I guess we’ll find out in the near future, I am curious about this plays out….How bout’ you?

Hat Tip:Official Gravatar Mobile App In The Works