Avatars for PoC Visitors

I am eternally grateful to visitors who share their knowledge and experiences by leaving a comment. Over a period of 2.5 months since the transfer of the site to WordPress there have been over 1,500 comments. They all add to the debate and directly or indirectly help the cat (I hope and believe).

Visitors who don’t have a small picture attached to their email address and who write a comment will see an abstract image positioned adjacent to their comment. This is added automatically by software. It is quite easy to change the abstract image to one of your choice.

[Note: the images are called ‘gravatars’ and are, as mentioned, attached to an email address so when you make a comment and leave your email address the image pops up for you. “Gravatar” stands for “globally recognised avatars”. In the world of the internet, an ‘avatar’ is a small image representing an individual person.]

This is how you do it in simple steps:

  1. Make sure that you have an image that you want as your avatar on your hard drive on your computer, preferably on desktop for easy access to it.
  2. Go to the Gravatar website (opens in a new window or tab) and….
  3. Follow the instructions! That means entering your email address in the box provided.
Gravatar website

Gravatar website August 2012. It might change.

When you have done that you will have registered and are then taken to another page where you can upload an image of your choice.

I can’t see that page as I write this because I already have an avatar but it is straightforward. The image will be reformatted for you by the software on the Gravatar website.

If you have an image on the internet already and have the image location (the URL of the image) you can enter the image using the URL. This may be confusing to some people and the upload method is probably easier.

When you are done you’ll have an image attached to your email address. All your previous comments on PoC and on other sites will then show this image. The registration of your gravatar changes things retrospectively. Nice.

If you get stuck, please leave a comment and I’ll attempt to resolve the problem.

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 74-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare. If you want to read more click here.

23 Responses

  1. Sandra Murphey, No. CA, USA says:

    Nope, it didn’t work, so I changed it on POC.

  2. Sandra Murphey says:

    I went back to WordPress, and changed my info on Public Display to show where I live, so this is another test.

  3. Sandra Murphey says:

    Thanks for the information on how to upload my image.
    I’m hoping it also shows where I live. So, this is a test!

  4. Suzy says:

    Hi Michael. Thank you for your reply with instructions. I hope I can now see my precious Tiger Lily, who will be on the image via Gravatar

  5. Everycat says:

    Aha! Patience was needed I see and also some cache clearing.
    Thank you Michael, those are the paws of my dear, departed Whicky Wuudler. A very special tuxedo cat who left a dreadful hoarding situation of his own accord and found a home with my late Mum in about 2001. When she died, he became mine (he kinda was always mine really) We now think he was a bit older than we initially thought and we lost him in July 2011 to a devastating neurological event. He was a very special, expressive and characterful lad and ruled his world with very polite paws of iron. 🙂

  6. Everycat says:

    Oh darn it.

  7. Everycat says:

    Testing, testing

  8. Carol says:

    Nevermind, I see me 🙂
    Thank you

  9. Carol says:

    Does it take a certain amount of time? I upoaded and don’t see it yet.

    Thank you

    Love and Light

  10. Thanks Michael.Have uploaded my photo as an identification.Its always nice knowing the person on blogs discussions on the “INTERNET” where most of us might never ever meet personally in our lives.

    • Michael says:

      I am pleased because as you say it is nice to put a face to a person who you get to know through words. I feel you are a friend. You are a real asset to PoC and cats generally because you are a spokesperson for cat caretakers in India and the east of the world and believe me I love to hear from people who live in India and further east.

  11. marcinswitz says:

    Did it work?

  12. Thanks, I was wondering how to change my pix.

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