Gravatar 2.0 Private Beta Test : Need Comment Avatars?

By Posted 2007 Updated   BloggingWordPress

Gravatar, globally recognized avatar, was well known for the faces dotting comments on several popular blogs. WordPress themes were actually being modified to be Gravatar enabled. Then suddenly the service was unable to support the load and stopped. Then they announced that Gravatar 2.0 will be released in early February with an all new interface and some great new functionality.

Currently a private beta test is on at Gravatar. They will expand the beta to include anyone who has left a comment on their blog’s first post, so get your comment in to beta test gravatar.

A new feature which is expected in Gravatar 2.0 is that there is no more waiting to get your Gravatar image live. (So no more admin rating of every single gravatar). A “Abuse” link on every page will make it easy to report inappropriately rated content. In future, the Gravatar API may be used to update your gravatar at will and from your own programs!

This downtime at Gravatar has allowed MyBlogLog to enter this unchallenged web service spectrum. Lots of bloggers have started using Mybloglog profile images to be used beside comments. MyAvatars is a wordpress plugin that shows MyBlogLogs avatars in your comments instead of Gravatars ones even if youre not subscribed to MyBlogLog.com. Latest Comments With Avatars shows the commenters MyBlogLog Avatar rather than their name and provides a nice way of seeing who has been leaving comments, rather just listing their name.

Lets see how Gravatar comes back to face competition from Mybloglog…


2 comments on “Gravatar 2.0 Private Beta Test : Need Comment Avatars?

  1. Everton says:

    Thanks for promoting my plugin.

    I think as with many internet services just being the first with a concept isn’t enough. if you don’t continue to develop and innovate, another service will arrive (very quickly on the net) and pass you by.

    I feel this has already happened to gravatars and it’s day has passed.

  2. Napolux says:

    Well, MyAvatars keeps Gravatar compatibility too… ;)

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