Categories Asides Gravatar Post author By Matt Post date August 20, 2009 10 Comments on Gravatar Gravatar gets a light visual refresh, portent of things to come. Share this: Related Gravatar ProfilesJune 2, 2010In "Asides"Gravatar SoldOctober 17, 2007In "Asides"Gravatar Anniversary.October 10, 2008In "Asides" Tags Automattic, gravatar ← TEDMED → Starting a Bank 10 replies on “Gravatar” Looks good! I can only wonder what other things are in store for us with Gravatar’s? It’s funny how many people still don’t know about them. The other day someone came across my comments in their blog and said, “How did you get your picture on my blog?… How do I do that?”. Too funny. A social network, right? Email as primary key. Co-participation in comments threads for relationships? That’s not a bad idea. Is there any chance that Gravatar will be Free / Open-Sourced and become an open standard? I like the idea, but I’m a little nervous that it’s all controlled by one company, even if they’re as awesome as Automattic is. Gravatar is actually very little code — there’s nothing hard about serving an image from a MD5 hash, but what’s really valuable about it is the domain, which would be difficult to open source. The next best thing we’re trying to do is make the data as open as possible, so the fact that it’s on a single domain isn’t that big a deal. I’m curious to see what you do with this. I remember your post a while ago about how many servers it takes to run this. Would be cool to maybe cache regular posters locally. I can’t believe how beautiful your blog is. Sure, it looks Christmas-y, but that’s a year-round celebration in my book. And I like Gravatars. Hey Matt, Gravatar is awesome! Since I started using it I’ve noticed an increase of traffic to my blog, I write comments all the time and it’s definitely something that’s coming in handy. I’m looking forward to learning more about you and I’ll check out your blog on a regular basis. Happy new year! Dario Montes de Oca I am facing a problem. People who know my email id can post comments with my name & email id, it shows up my avatar! Anyone can post comments like this, but if we had some sort of auth key which would prevent showing up our avatars, it can then become an indication whether the me or someone else posted a comment. We’re going to make that an option. Comments are closed.