Daily Tip: How to add a Gravatar profile pic to your TiPb comments!

Noticed that some TiPb comments have avatars -- pictures of the commenters -- next to the comments? Curious how you can get your own picture up there? TiPb is using the cross-site Gravatar system in our comments and though it does take a few steps to set up, they're simple and painless and we'll show them to you after the break!

Gravatar stands for Globally Recognized AVATar and it basically associates a profile picture with your email address and then any time you post a comment on a supporting site, it automagically adds your Gravatar. No fuss, no mess.

If you've already got a Gravatar, just make sure to use the email address associated with your Gravatar account when you post a comment. If you don't yet have a Gravatar, here's how to get one:

Create a new account

  • Click on sign up for free (link above the Email or Username field)

  • Enter your Email Address and click the Signup button

  • Check your email for a confirmation message
  • Click the link in the confirmation message

Choose your username and profile pic

Once your email account has been confirmed, the fun begins!

  • Choose a username. If the one you like is already taken, try a variation.
  • Pick a password. (Don't make it something simple, or the same as your username)
  • Confirm your password and click Signup

  • When it complains you don't have an image yet, click on the Add one by clicking here link

  • Choose where you want to get your image from, your computer, an internet link, your webcam, or a previous upload

  • Crop the picture to suit your tastes and click Done

  • Choose a rating for your Gravatar (note, TiPb only accepts G rated Gravatars -- we're a family friendly site!)

And you're done!

Bonus tip: Add additional email addresses

If you use more than one email address, for example we used to use @theiphoneblog before switching to the shorter @tipb, you can click the Add an email address link, enter another email address, and confirm it. That way all your comments get associated with your Gravatar.

There you have it, a terrific way to add some personality to your comment posts. If you have any questions or need any help getting setup, leave a comment below. And once you're Gravatar is locking, leave a comment so we can see it!

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