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I’ve seen photos displayed with the comments on many blogs. How does one get an image to appear? Are these people members of these blogs? Also, even though others have their photos, I get an image with blocks and triangles and sometimes even little cute looking monsters.
The ideal way to have your photo displayed along with blog comments is to create a Gravatar. The free Globally Recognized Avatar service requires you to make a profile, upload a photo or an avatar and associated it with an email address. This gravatar image / photo is pulled from your profile and shown along with the comment you post on a blog. However, please note that the email address you submit when posting a comment should match the one in your profile on the Gravatar service.
Gravatar is a 100% free service. An account can be created in less than a minute – all you require is an email address and a photo / image / avatar. Here are some salient features of Gravatar service.
The image with blocks and triangles that you see along with blog comments is called an Identicon which is a visual representation of the I.P. address of your computer. Those monster images are found typically on blogs that run on the WordPress platform.
Conclusion: You don’t need to be a “member” of the blog to have a photo displayed along with your comments. The Gravatar service will work in most cases.
I haven’t set my Gravatar up yet but I need to, since I’m always posting on people’s blogs. Thanks for the information.
Very nice rundown of gravatars in plain English. Avatars do make the blog look different and more alive.
I love this site! Finally got my avatar.
I always wondered how people were doing this. Thanks.
Great instructions. I always wanted to know how you got photos.
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