As you click around various posts you might notice the photos and images associated with the authors of blog posts and comments.
These images automatically appear because CoolTea Conversations is “gravatar enabled” thus if you have a gravatar associated with your email address, voila – that image automatically appears with your posts and comments.
If you do not have a gravatar, then our system is set to use “identicons” which are geometric designs that are unique to your email address.
You can get a free gravatar here -> http://gravatar.com
Make sure you register your gravatar with an email address you plan to use when posting and commenting on gravatar enabled blogs like CoolTea Conversatiosn. And yes, your gravatar will also appear on other blogs when you post and comment provided those blogs are gravatar enabled.
This gets a bit into personal branding and I thoroughly recommend getting a gravatar if you have not already done so. And no, you don’t have to use a picture of you – can be any image – a favorite pet, cartoon, etc but it is gonna be small (e.g., 32×32 pixels or 16×16 pixels) so details get crunched.
The important thing is to pick an image that reflects you, your personality, taste, style, good sense, et al. 🙂