Howdy there bloggers! You’ll no doubt remember that when we acquired Gravatar.com, just over a year ago, we intended to fully integrate it into WordPress.com. It’s been a long time coming, but we’ve finally replaced the WordPress.com avatar system with those Globally Recognized Avatars. What does this mean? It means your WordPress.com avatar can now follow you around the web. Your avatar can show up on any Gravatar enabled site, regardless of its affiliation with Automattic!
The old avatar tool in your WordPress.com profiles has been replaced with your current Gravatar (left.) If you click on that icon you’ll be taken to Gravatar.com (and automatically logged into your account) where you can easily change your image (right). You can upload an image from your computer, paste in a link to an image on the internet, or even take a picture of yourself using your computers webcam. Cropping and rating your images are as easy as ever. After you finish your new image will automatically attach to your email address (assuming you only have one email address on your account,) or you will be presented with a simple-as-pie list of your email addresses, and you can attach the new image to any or all of them! Just close the Gravatar window when you’re done.
Of course all of the standard Gravatar features are available to you. Upload as many images as you wish, switch them as often as you like, add as many email addresses as you want to your account, and more features still in the works.
If you find that you have an “old” image for your Gravatar, simply click on the link to change it and then click on the “Use your last WordPress.com Avatar” link to get the new one back. There are bound to be some small hiccups here and there. Just let Support know when something doesn’t work quite right, and we’ll get everything ironed out in no time.
Um, I blog anonymously. Does this mean I need to make a new email address for my blog?
I definately don’t want to find my avatar being linked with the real me on other sites (where previously it seemed safe to use the same email)
Thank’s for your information, It’s nice to try
Thats a nice feature, the favicons especially. A new feature every week and you people keep reducing the reasons one needs to go for a self-hosted blog.
Thanks. This is very nice. :)
Well, I am glad to see that Gravatar has a good home. ^_^
gravatar on old comments will change too when I change my gravatar now?
Wish all you guys at WordPress a great holidays! Thanks again for the upgrade! <3
@Sheri, You’re wonderful. Love you from here, Indonesia. check me out http://twitter.com/wimkhan :)
Nice, I really like the this gravatarand blavatar feature
cool…. ill try it
This is cool. Thanks, WordPress community :) Thank you for this feature.
I’ve tried it just now… but it seems like you have to wait a lil bit long until your gravatar changed.
I don’t know why I struggled for so long on a self-hosted blog.
This is just another good reason to remain with WordPress.com
Even all my old comments show the new Gravatar image.
Cool, im gonna try it out right now!
Oh Good lord, what will be the next!!!!!! :-O
A very cool feature to reflect graphically one’s profile -> via Gravatar.
Can a gravatar be animated? or contain a smiley ?
Yep, I’ve noticed. It was a good idea and most of my friends also thought so. Speaking on the behalf of those, who do not know English. Greetings!
why is there so much white space at the top of this page? It forces the text into the margin and I am unable to read the words on the right side of the blog or whatever and cannot even scroll over. (Not a gravatar issue but you can see what I am talking about up at the top here. Thanks
Is this the explanation for the picture of myself – that I have been using happily since I started blogging here – suddenly disappeared and was replaced by a random pattern?
buena noticia :D
Sweet. Thanks y’all.
I think I remember that Gravatar is also a default for IP Board (popular forums).
I’m not (gr)avatar-minded …
I’d like to have an option to not have a Gravatar.
It seems that once you have one, you either have to either have a pictures or show a blank white space.
It would be nice to say – no Gravatar please – it would save space on my RSS reader.
Ah, cool. Nice to not have to update two sites any more. Good job.
Can we forget the word Blavatar then? Or are they two different things?
Gravatars, Blavatars – where should I get all the pictures from ;)
Thanks so much for all the integration!
Thank you, great gravatars for blue
so if I leave comment use another email address that isn’t connected to Gravatar, my gravatar isn’t show up..?
I think Gravatar is a nice feature hope to come up with a picture !Thanks WordPress!
I hope that more sites have the option to use the gravatar available.
Thanks for all the cool features! Happy Holidays! :-)
thx! cool update, youre the best, guys ;)
Another GREAT WordPress idea. Thanks : )
Cool and seems very nice, thanks.
Blavatars, Gravatars…it’s getting a little dizzying, folks!
I loved the new feature.
I’m just learning about all this. Looks very cool! Thanks!
Thank you for your hard work, WP!
It must be fun to leave us luddites in the dust. But it sure is exhausting trying to figure out that “write” is now “post” and you can’t save a draft anymore. Ever thought of giving us a choice NOT to update? Ah, DOS. Now THERE was a program. . .
haha the members of wordpress are so polite.
Thank you kindly mr. word press.
Very good. Thanks, innovation without stoping ….
Gravatars are just awesome, thanks!
Ah WordPress.org! Nice… As usual. Great job!!!
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j. Es muy interesante. Gracias. Felicitaciones.
Sweet upgrade. Gonna try it out soon! ^.^ Thank you~
Sweet! finally! thanks man.
wow. very good
Now, just to find a decent photo of myself… …
Well, a gravatar is something that would be useful if you’re the type who wants to have her photos updated depending on the mood. Nice! :)
Thank you WP community for this great effort. More power!
This is awesome! I think the gravatars add a lot of character and personality to the blogs. There’s a lot of funny pictures that can be used, if you decide to quit showing your mug, or if you have other characters (which seems to happen on my blog).
Thanks a lot. thats Great!
Good, good. Now how about enabling adsense?
Pretty cool stuff. A quick glimpse at the future.
WordPress Simply rocks..
The one thing you guys seem to not want to do with gravatars is to make them act like the Post Avatars plugin for WP. There you can choose an image to go at the top of your post, similar to LiveJournal. Blogs with multiple authors would particularly benefit from this, and it seems to me easy to implement on WP.com. That’s really the only use I see for Gravatars in this context 9and outside of comments).
my computer freezes for a minute everytime i get on a website with the snow. why is that?
That’s great news! Thank you!
Great changes! Looking forward to what other improvements you guys make.
this is soooo cool
phenomenal. absolute genius
Please disable right-click on the gravatar — then the thiefs cannot steal your gravatar and use it to make posts under your name.
But thanks for a great product …..
I think it is great. Now I needn´t care about my avatar in the Internet. Now I have my personal signature (I mean avatar) everywhere. Thank you a lot.
This place is like… amazing… great… :-)
Beautiful! Avatars can now roam the Blogosphere and beyond!