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Gravatars: Step towards a friendly Community

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce a new feature we’ve incorporated into this site. The comments section now has the ability to display Gravatars. A Gravatar is a globally recognized Avatar for an individual (actually one Email address) in the Internet. Avatars are stored in a central location and displayed next to your name in those WEB applications that support them.

The procedure is simple, you need to set up an account at gravatar.com with your Email address. Then you upload a photo that will automatically be reduced in size if required. The standard size of a Gravatar is 80*80 Pixels. In the next step your photo is linked to your Email address and thereafter automatically shows up on those sites that support Gravatars. Your Gravatar is by no means permanent – you have the option to change your Gravatar image whenever you wish.

Why did we incorporate this latest enhancement? Simply this. Our goal at profiPhotos is to build up a community where people with an interest in photography can exchange thoughts, ideas and engage in lively discussions. To further that end, we believe our users will feel more at home when they can see other users of this site – very similar to when engaging in a “live“ conversation.

To read more about Gravatars click here. The choice is up to you, you don’t need to sign-up for a Gravatar to write a comment here – we’re glad all the same. If you choose not to, your comment will simply show up without a photo like the one shown here.

In the coming months I’m going to be introducing a number of ideas with a common goal in mind – you should feel comfortable here and perhaps make some new friends along the way. As part of this process, I’m building a new virtual photo gallery at Google’s new  “Lively” site. In this 3D Virtual-Reality world you can walk through our gallery, sit down and have a coffee and “chat” with other people from around the globe. So give it a try – it’ a lot of fun!

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