I am an inveterate meddler. I like tweaking things.
This week, I have been tweaking this site, and this morning I added a new thingy to the site.
There is no reason for it. It was just an experiment to see if I could. And it worked. Maybe I’ll take it off again sometime, but I’ll leave it for now to see if it locks up the site.
So what did I do?
I added little pictures onto the comments. I believe they are called Avatars or some such silly name.
So how do they work? Where do the pictures come from? How come some people had pictures as soon as I installed the code?
The pictures are associated with your email address, so if you have an email address you can have a picture. The service I used is one called Globally Recognised Avatars, or Gravatars.
I registered my Gravatar a while ago, and it’s appearing in a lot of places now. My Woopra software uses it, for example.
If you want a Gravatar, just nip over to the Gravatar site. You just enter your email address and you can then upload your image. It can be any image. That’s all there is to it. And it’s free.
So nip over and try it. Then come back here and leave a comment. That’ll show whether it has worked.
And if you want to install ’em on your own site, then fuck off and don’t bother me. It involves writing bits of code, and I’m not going down that road.