What follows is more of an opinion piece than a useful cocktail party geek – sorry. Â It was late.
An avatar? Â A gravatar? Â A buddy icon? Â Perhaps you’ve heard these terms before? Â I could quote Wikipedia about 2d representations of online personality yada yada but I have a word for you – panache! Â Your avatar/gravatar/buddy icon says something about you and the effort you make to converse with others on this wide web of ours.
Take Gmail as an example: Â Did you know you can change your buddy icon on Google to show up whenever someone puts their mouse on your name? Â Do you know how many people still have that silly asexual silhouette? Â Your picture is like a firm but not overbearing handshake – it matters.
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