It is true, less than a year ago I would have had no idea what a Gravatar was. Let alone a Avatar, Blavatar or any of their little friends, and yes, I would have likened them to a movie. Like, what? Dear friends…there is a difference.
Thank you most awesome – gravatar.com
An “avatar” is an image that represents you online—a little picture that appears next to your name when you interact with websites.
A Gravatar is a Globally Recognized Avatar. You upload it and create your profile just once, and then when you participate in any Gravatar-enabled site, your Gravatar image will automatically follow you there.
These impressions are a caricature of ourselves available on the internet, whatever we may want that to be, a personal depiction of who we are; anything from our high-school graduation photo ( ha-ha ), stick men, emoticons/emojis, animal or flower pictures, to the quilt-like patterns when you have yet to truly identify yourself as an online entity created by WordPress. And these companies have made it so easy for us to set up.
I would not understand the power of this earth shattering presence until I recently went to a writers conference. Upon entering the event, I was approached by one of the presenters, and I waltzed up to this peer, hand outstretched, as though I had known them since 1st grade. Why? because I felt like I knew them already from that minuscule picture that I see daily when I visit any or all of their sites. Fear not, I stopped myself before wrapping them into a hug. It was Instant Recognition.
Good or Bad? I say, Awesome! We may never be on the big screen, Soap Opera’s Digest, Us Weekly or want to be, but if we can be recognized simply by a likeness for the work we diligently put out there in the great blue yonder, how amazing is that!
I don’t even think I would recognize my next door neighbor at the grocery store.
But this becomes our online business card, realtors are not the only people deserving of such recognition. Now I hate to say – if we use our pet’s picture or that of our grand-child it would not have the same effect, so a very important fact would be to use an updated portrayal if this is our intent. For me, this doesn’t apply, because I look the same as I did in high-school. ( Joke, my Good People ) I simply cannot get rid of my eighties hair do.
The power of presence, our digital imprint, the making of our personal brand! Bam! Gravatar!
Write on! ❤️ Jessica!