Avatars? Isn't that some kind of D&D comic book stuff? - Jon Galloway

Avatars? Isn't that some kind of D&D comic book stuff?

My previous post dug into using the Gravatar service to add avatar images to your community website. Afterwards, I realized that I didn't really make the case for why you should care about avatars. Yeah, the word avatar may make you think of fantasy gamers jabbering about Yoda's lineage on some forum.

Not so! All the cool kids1 are using avatars!

Gravatars make the comments on Scott Hanselman's blog (running on dasBlog) more interesting:

HanselmanGravatars

Gravatars spice up the comments on Phil Haack's SubText blog:

HaackedGravatars

And check out how Gavin's made extensive use of Gravatars in DotNetKicks:

DotNetKicksGravatars

So don't let the "avatar" thing throw you - this is about making websites look like conversations between people rather than documents stuffed with boring text.

1 For small values of cool? Maybe I need to get out more.

Published Monday, September 24, 2007 11:15 PM by Jon Galloway

Comments

# re: Avatars? Isn't that some kind of D&D comic book stuff?

So when are you going to figure out a hack to get them added to your blog? I want my Gravatar here...

Tuesday, September 25, 2007 11:52 AM by Steven Harman

# re: Avatars? Isn't that some kind of D&D comic book stuff?

Yeah, wondered how long until someone pointed that out. Troublemaker.

Unfortunately I can't hack that on to a CommunityServer blog I don't host with JavaScript, since I don't have access to commentor e-mail in the HTML.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007 1:51 PM by Jon Galloway

# re: Avatars? Isn't that some kind of D&D comic book stuff?

Let's put on our cloaks and tell some warlock jokes!

Thursday, November 8, 2012 10:28 AM by Required