Gravatars are those little photos next to the comments on The Clubroom – Jess, Kathryn and I all have custom ones… and you can too, if you like.
What is a Gravatar?
In this example, you can see a comment from me, which has a photo of me as my Gravatar. You can use any image or photo you want, it doesn’t have to be a photo of you (some people like to use a photo of a pet or a particular place).
This video shows you how to set one up
All you need is a photo or image you’d like to represent yourself with. If you have one on a smartphone that you’d like to copy across to your computer to use, have a look at this article for how to copy from an iPhone or this one for how to copy from an Android phone. Or see below for a list of websites where you can get free photos/clip art if you don’t want to use your own.
The website to set up a Gravatar is gravatar.com
Click on the play button in the middle to start the video playing. If you want it to fill the screen, click in the bottom right-hand corner of the video once it’s playing.
If you’re having trouble getting it to play, you can watch it here instead.
I don’t have a photo / I don’t want to use a photo of me
Don’t have a photo or image you want to use? Don’t worry, we’ve listed a few websites that have ‘free for any use’ clip art and photos…
These can be handy if you don’t want to use a photo of yourself and you don’t have another photo/ image you feel comfortable using…
- unsplash.com (photos)
- littlevisuals.co (photos)
- gratisography.com (photos)
- nos.twnsnd.co (Vintage photos)
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask us in The Clubroom.
We look forward to seeing your Gravatars.
One more important note
These Gravatars are not something we run – and since they’re run by a separate organisation, the picture you set up may be visible if you leave comments on other websites that use the same system and you use the same email address for it. If that bothers you, best give it a miss (or use a picture that you wouldn’t mind the wider world seeing).