You thought Gravatar Profiles were cool? Wait until you see them on your WordPress.com blog.
Today dawns a new era in Gravatar awesomeness: Gravatar Hovercards. It’s now easy to find out about who is behind your favorite comments simply by moving your mouse. This new feature is now enabled by default across WordPress.com.
What’s a Hovercard?
Gravatar Hovercards show information about a person: name, bio, pictures, and their contact info at other services they use on the web like Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.
As a commenter, Hovercards offer a great way to show your Internet presence and help people find your own blog. As a blogger, you can quickly check out who’s commenting on your blog, and have an easier time connecting with them.
How to use and see Hovercards
You can see other people’s Hovercards by moving your mouse over their Gravatar picture in comments on any WordPress.com blog, and after a moment the Hovercard will appear. The information shown is taken directly from the person’s Gravatar profile. The more info in the profile, the more we show in the Hovercard.
This can help you when moderating comments, as Hovercards will appear not only on blogs, but inside your blog dashboard as well.
If it’s not something you want for your blog, you can turn Hovercards off for your blog by going to Settings, Discussions, Avatars.
If you haven’t set up your Gravatar Profile yet, just log in to Gravatar.com using your WordPress.com username and password and fill out your details or read these instructions first. If you don’t have a WordPress.com account yet, you can sign up for Gravatar here.
Oct 6th at 7:38 pm
wow thats cool. This feature will save time by providing person’s info just by moving around.
Oct 6th at 7:38 pm
Hey this is really cool! I’m off to try it all out!
Oct 6th at 7:40 pm
For those of us who don’t want more moving parts and bloated pageloads, is there a way to opt-out of this ‘feature’? It’s a little too reminiscent of snap.com’s beloved “Snap Shots” (circa 2007).
Oct 6th at 7:44 pm
Very nice! I guess it’s time to make sure the info on my Gravatar profile is updated. Thank you!
Oct 6th at 7:47 pm
Nice work. What will be really awesome is if this makes it way into WordPress.org as a plugin, or better yet in the core.
Oct 6th at 7:47 pm
Hey, what’s the chance of getting this as a plugin for self-hosted blogs?
Oct 6th at 7:53 pm
What a great new feature
Oct 6th at 7:56 pm
Wow, this is really cool! Props to WP for this! Me like!
Oct 6th at 8:00 pm
This… is…. awesome!
Oct 6th at 8:04 pm
… just read that I can switch them off! Whew – cancel rant!
Oct 6th at 8:04 pm
i am having an averse reaction to that feature at this moment
Oct 6th at 8:07 pm
This can be very interesting!.
Oct 6th at 8:08 pm
I think this just killed off Google profiles for me. Not sure if I should even update it after this.
Oct 6th at 8:10 pm
One last (annoying) comment. Any word about bringing this over for IntenseDebate fans?
Oct 6th at 8:20 pm
This is a really cool feature, so is this working now?? Hover over my icon and find out!! Well done (again) wordpress
Oct 6th at 8:23 pm
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Oct 6th at 8:29 pm
Looks nice: will give this a try. Thanks WordPress
Oct 6th at 8:30 pm
This would be even better if I could change my account name on wordpress – except of course I cannot, because I own the blog with the name I would want (and apparently doing a SQL UPDATE statement is totally impossible, according to the support staff)
Oct 6th at 8:37 pm
Wow another new great feature just another great reason why WP.com is the best free blogging platform on the net!!!
Oct 6th at 8:56 pm
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Oct 6th at 8:59 pm
Love it! WordPress just ups the ante everyday.
Oct 6th at 8:59 pm
I guess I’m in the minority, but I don’t like the distraction and annoyance of having a gravatar pop up when I’m trying to read a comment. I think this should have been allowed by the blogger, not installed automatically without blogger approval. I know how to turn it off, I just think I should have made the decision in the first place about it.
Oct 6th at 9:18 pm
I really like this–congrats on another great feature.
Oct 6th at 9:21 pm
Now that I’m here, I may as well get all the way in to all this new technology. Yikes, I feel like I’m ‘with the program’ all of a sudden . . . Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?
(Ooops, you don’t really need to know I’m old, now, do you?)
Oct 6th at 9:25 pm
and the cool stuff keeps on coming from the wordpress crew!!!
Oct 6th at 9:35 pm
Oct 6th at 9:58 pm
I think the “Social Media Map” in my sidebar is about to get a *serious* update. “-)
Oct 6th at 10:05 pm
This is pretty cool.
Plus, it actually forced me to write something in my gravatar profile…
Oct 6th at 10:10 pm
I just pray and hope that you guys don’t get tired of rolling out newer and more awesome features.
Oct 6th at 10:11 pm
Cool! You gies always have great ideas. Thanks
Oct 6th at 10:16 pm
I don’t see twitter, linkedin and other social networking links. Just personal blog/site links appear on hovercard.
Oct 6th at 10:26 pm
Oct 6th at 10:27 pm
wow. this is cool!
Oct 6th at 10:29 pm
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Oct 6th at 10:46 pm
This could be really good, but those of us who are concerned about their Internet profile for professional reasons, may not want to identify ourselves my name… I’m sure there’s a workaround though.
Oct 6th at 10:50 pm
Oct 6th at 10:51 pm
Just an update . . . This has inspired/forced me to catch some typos in my bio and add some more info. to make things interesting. This is a spot I never would have given a second thought to since it was basically hidden on my dashboard . . . once I hovered over it in ‘comments’, though, the errors and omissions were glaring.
(Now all we need is spell-check for comments, lol.)
Oct 6th at 11:50 pm
I spotted this just this evening and would have been pleased about it if the image weren’t so big! It obscured most of the comment area. Maybe they could be made smaller? Also…. do they have to be black? It’s such a depressing ‘colour’.
Oct 7th at 12:15 am
Awesomeness once again.
Oct 7th at 12:34 am
This is awesome feature…
Oct 7th at 1:07 am
really nice Gravatar Hovercards but my wp profil is active
Oct 7th at 1:20 am
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Oct 7th at 2:25 am
Yes, an online business card. Way cool! Now I have to FIX my Gravatar info. Need, more, hours, in, the, day!
Oct 7th at 2:50 am
This is quite an interesting feature, thanks guys! =D
Oct 7th at 3:17 am
Oct 7th at 3:36 am
This is great!!
Oct 7th at 4:34 am
I just hovered over myself and got excited, lol. thanks again!
Oct 7th at 4:56 am
Oct 7th at 5:04 am
Very cooooool =D Nice one!
Oct 7th at 5:24 am
I love the black. Classy. Does this work with those who comment without leaving a gravatar? I’m having some issues with a few commenters and dead links appearing in emails. This nice little gadget has the potential to stop that nonsense, as well as some with multi-sites who argue with themselves, comment on “each other’s” sites and posts, then leave “opposing” poiints of views on the sites of others. Now, understand, some of this is funny when you know who is doing this, but I have an issue with deadlinks or links that never load and all I have is blank screen, then my computer freezes. I have a real serious issue with that, in fact.
Awesome again, Sir!!
Wish my other “family” were as great and caring.
Oct 7th at 5:31 am
Hello WP & The Gravatar Team. I like how Gravatar is shaping up but there’s still a lot of ground to cover. I am using Google Public Profiles and it enables people to get in touch with me without me revealing my ID. I think you guys should do something similar since getting in touch with a person through “Gravatar” means you have to volunteer your mail/gtalk/chat ID. I use a personal one but am not too comfortable sharing it with people i don’t know. There should be a “SEND MESSAGE”/”Yahoo Pingbox” option with a nice “email/chat icon” to make it prominent (sizing options will be very welcome) while also making it visually appealing. Thanks again though. Keep up the good work. Salil, IN
Oct 7th at 5:35 am
I love it! A great way to advertise yourself in WordPress! Just check your Gravatar info first to make sure that there’s nothing showing that you wouldn’t want others to see or access.
Oct 7th at 5:44 am
Oct 7th at 6:22 am
Can I have a Gravatar Hovercard pop up for my own Gravatar Widget on my Sidebar ?
Till now, visitors have had to click on my Gravatar photo in the widget to reach my Gravatar.
My Blog is hosted on WordPress.com with the domain name http://mitaroygoahotel.com
Oct 7th at 6:26 am
looks interesting ….
i might try this
Oct 7th at 6:41 am
I got lucky with this feature! I accidentally hovered over my gravatar and found out that I need to update my profile! Thanks!!
Oct 7th at 6:59 am
Oct 7th at 7:10 am
saw it. love it. you guys are awesome. thanks as always! i <3 WP!
Oct 7th at 7:20 am
Hovercard is cool ~ ~ ~ ~ thank….
Oct 7th at 7:37 am
Oct 7th at 8:35 am
As if you’re reading my mind ..
wow .. Amazing feature .. Now we can get to others press through gravatar .. ^^
Oct 7th at 9:12 am
cool one. hats off… salute
Oct 7th at 9:21 am
So when is this gonna be rolled to self-hosted wordpress.org blogs?
Oct 7th at 9:38 am
very useful. thx!
Oct 7th at 9:47 am
hey thats fun!!
~thakx WP! xD
Oct 7th at 9:54 am
This is pretty cool, although at first I had no idea what was happening, haha
Oct 7th at 10:10 am
Oct 7th at 10:19 am
Awesome! Now I’m checking every comment in this post just to see people’s hovercards. Love it!
Oct 7th at 10:39 am
Pop-ups suck. The rest of the internet learned this some years ago. Hopefully you will catch up one day.
Oct 7th at 10:39 am
This is a great idea. Knowing your demographic plays a big role in good writing. And sometimes the demographic you aim for is not the one who responds. I like the fact that I can get my reality straight so easily.
Oct 7th at 10:42 am
Oct 7th at 10:43 am
what a really cool job, thx a lot
Oct 7th at 10:53 am
Oct 7th at 12:41 pm
Great! And I’d really love to read a global vision-statement of Automattic for WordPress(.com): Where are you, where are we going to? Slowly but surely it feels like some kind of a distributed social network, a blogged network of networks…
Oct 7th at 12:51 pm
Great job! Another cool feature!!
Oct 7th at 1:18 pm
Oct 7th at 1:45 pm
I love it!
Unfortunately it doesn’t take me to the Blogger’s Blog, but hopefully everyone will update their profiles.
Oct 7th at 2:04 pm
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Oct 7th at 2:44 pm
Sorry to rain on everyone’s parade, and Gravatars are seem to be getting on the the way now – for me. Gravatars may be kinda “neat”, but both the Authors and Gravatars widgets now force any click to the Gravatar page. What if I want to have my profile aurthor image to link to a custom URL – like it used to do. The custom URL seems to be ignored now.
How do I have my profile/author picture link to a custom URL of my choice?
Oct 7th at 3:11 pm
Very cool, thanks for sharing, will look into this further to see what it is all about.
Oct 7th at 3:24 pm
Great idea!!! I second the guy that likened it to an online business card. Pretty awesome stuff:)