Private Beta Underway

February 06, 2007 | Posted by Tom Werner

I’ve kicked off the private Gravatar beta by opening it to the 32 volunteers that helped rate gravatars in the olden days. I’d like to thank them for all the time and effort they put in to help you get your gravatars rated in a timely manner.

In less than a week I will expand the beta to include anyone who has left a comment on this blog’s first post, so if you want in early, make sure to get your comment in. Spread the word!

One of the biggest changes for 2.0 is that you will be responsible for rating your own gravatars. This means no more waiting to get that image live! This was a big decision, but is essential to the growth of Gravatar. I can no longer support the overhead involved in rating every single gravatar that comes in. I’ve placed a prominent “Abuse” link on every page to make it easy to report inappropriately rated content. Having you rate your own gravatars will also allow you to (in the future) use the Gravatar API to update your gravatar at will and from your own programs (can you say “Dynavatars?”)

More details coming soon. I’m starting to get excited!

143 Responses

  1. Nice! I can’t wait to get my hands on the beta and on the Gravatar API.

  2. monaxle says:

    This is good news. Just found out about gravatars recently. I came here just as you’ve been updating. Be happy to the the new beta a spin.

  3. Julia says:

    Yay, me want Gravatar too!

  4. yoshi says:

    I can’t wait to see everything that’s going for gravatar. Hopefully final release will be soon. I’ve changed my email address since the old gravatar and haven’t been able to change it. Keep it up!

  5. Sajid says:

    I would like to test this as well. Include me ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. bart says:

    I would like..! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Ken Hughes says:

    Blantant attempt to get onto the extended beta… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    .. KenH

  8. Borghal says:

    “Less than a week” for beta! Let’s hope it’s not too much longer for going live!

    Good work!

  9. Hikaru says:

    WOW I also can’t wait to see the new gravatar beta! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Good work! ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. Romi says:

    I’m looking forward to the new gravatars! =D

  11. Mary says:

    I’m so happy gravatar is coming back !! ^_^ can’t wait to use it again !!!

  12. Nan says:

    I am very excited each time my sage returns an update from here. Count me in!

  13. Corinne says:

    I hope the email is what matters because I’ve moved my site.

  14. Jared says:

    beta tester too

  15. Casey says:

    Nice! These new features sound great! I’d like to get in on the beta as well…

  16. Jason says:

    Look forward to seeing the new changes.

  17. Ben M says:

    Getting excited. Thanks for all the hard work.

  18. Wow, im excited too. I want to see what is new on the next Gravatar Version. I can’t wait anymore! ๐Ÿ˜€

  19. Indelibrella says:

    I miss my Gravatars!

  20. jinny says:

    Oh…May you recover soon!

  21. Please include me in the beta as well.

  22. Valerie says:

    This is great! I’ll implement them on my sites again when I get home tonight. Thanks for allowing us the sneak preview ๐Ÿ˜‰

  23. Queeny says:

    Yeah – me want gravatar!!

  24. Sweet! Count me in.

  25. I would like to test this as well. Include me please.
    Best regards

  26. Reyson says:

    Cool!! me too ^^

  27. badillo says:

    see good and new functions well

  28. Shuugo says:

    If you have any free slots yet it would be awesome to test it.
    Keep it up the hard work!

  29. Natti says:

    Amazing, can’t wait to change my gravatar picture. Thank you bunches for this wonderful service.

  30. Torley says:

    I’m really looking forward to the new Gravatar! My current one has been stuck for months and it’s soooo out-of-date. I look forward to the service coming back, better-than-ever-before!

    Best of hope! ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. timwizard says:

    I think you are taking this in the right direction. I think your ideas are scalable and have promise to be adopted by more people.

    Hit me up with a beta invite when you go public with it.

  32. B.M.B. says:

    Count me in.

  33. Ymode says:

    I will love to help, besides i really need to change my gravatar, so please hurry up!!!

  34. Lilly says:

    cant wait for the new site!

  35. Test says:

    Still the old ones work? Nice

  36. Tabatha says:

    Count me in! Me! Me! Me! Pick me!

  37. Ulf says:

    I’ve been wanting to change my photo for a long time.

    I’ve actually been wanting to change it since the day after I uploaded it. But I was very unfortunate and the service was down. So ever since, whenever I post somewhere that employs Gravatar, I get this old photo ๐Ÿ™‚

    So I would very much appreciate a beta invite! I’ve given some beta feedback before too (The Venice Project, some web 2.0:s)

  38. Mindy says:


  39. kevin says:


  40. Heiko K. says:

    Cant wait! Let me be a beta-tester! ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Coming soon says:

    Oh how fun. The king of missed deadlines won’t have Gravatar go primetime in early February as promised. In fact, he originally promised it by February. Werner, please stop with the promises. You’re pathetic! No, the above losers are actually more pathetic. March, April, May anyone?

  42. I wanna play, too! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ve done software testing, both as a QA engineer and as a beta tester. And I’m a nitpicker – which is helpful only in situations like this one.

  43. Dariana says:

    I want in. Was a Beta tester for AOL for 6 years, also Beta tested BlogMad and some others. I have been checking the blog here and the Gravatar site EVERYDAY to see the new launch. I can hardly wait! Include me PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. 6pence says:

    Count me in!

  45. ~A~ says:

    Ohhhhh, anxiously awaiting. If there’s still room for me, let me know.

  46. Slowfinger says:

    Desperate for giving it a whirl myself! Thanks.

  47. c says:

    I can’t wait to try what is coming.

  48. Markus says:

    yippee ka yay! Can’t wait anymore…

  49. Nice not to see this great idea die. Add me to the beta ๐Ÿ˜‰

  50. Frรฉdรฉric Roland says:

    I would like to test too.

  51. I cannot wait to have the gravatars on wordpress. Sounds really exciting! I would really really like to be in the beta as well ^__^

  52. Frank Hamm says:

    Thanks alot for keeping us on tenterhooks ๐Ÿ™‚

  53. Arwen Folkes says:

    Hurry Hurry … I must get rid of my awful avatar and replace it with one much nicer …

  54. Ken Welsch says:

    I would love to be included in the second round of new Gravatar testing. Count me in!

  55. Hazel says:

    Glad to see its nearly ready for release.
    Will be awaiting the public release, I beta test enough software.;)

  56. Maros says:

    I can’t wait for the new Gravatar!

  57. Chryssy says:

    Hurry Hurry Hurry. CAN’T WAIT…Thanks

  58. James Snape says:

    Would love to help out…

  59. Cofyc says:

    Beta tester,Thanks.

  60. i don’t know what gravatar is but i want it now ๐Ÿ™‚

  61. Great to hear Gravatar will be back – Would love to beta test if you still need volunteers. Thanks

  62. Celeste says:

    How can I change my gravatar? I got it about 2 years ago and have since split with teh guy in my gravatar so would like to change it!!!

  63. Venu says:

    Please do include me in the beta test ๐Ÿ™‚

  64. I love Gravatar, include me in the betatest

  65. BloodyWhore says:

    I need a new avatar!! HURRY!!!

  66. c.a. Marks says:

    Would like to be beta tester.

  67. Dakini says:

    Count me in. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you.

  68. Aqeel says:

    Cool, Can’t wait ๐Ÿ™‚

  69. Gmartintin says:

    Some visitors on my website are waiting for the rating for september … What about it ?

  70. Thomas says:

    Why You let your users wait?
    Cannot understand that!

    Is there an alternative?

  71. suexID says:

    In my opinion, giving users the rights to rate their own avatar is a very wrong idea. My own website has the acceptable rating set to the highest one, so it isn’t a problem for me, but for children-friendly and strictly “non-adult” content websites. The abuse link is a good idea, but I’d rather use it WITH a centralized rating system and not instead of it.

  72. Peter says:

    good luck in the new web 2.0 age! Looking forward to the new gravatar having it’s place there.

  73. webmotion says:

    Agree with suexID. BTW, interested in the beta, of course!

  74. JavaMonkey says:

    Awesome idea. I’m looking forward to the larger beta.

  75. Gaco says:

    Excelente…i cant wait more!!!…Saludos desde Chile!!!

  76. Johnny says:

    me wantssssit.

  77. Asuka says:

    Can’t wait until gravatar is back online again!

  78. Echilon says:

    Can’t wait!

  79. chi says:

    I`d like to be on board too – curious me!

  80. Heather says:

    Oh pleassssssse hurry!!! I have been a blank gray head for too long!!! HURRY!!

  81. Brian Kuhn says:

    I would like to be part of the beta as well, looking forward to seeing the next version.

  82. The new features of gravatar 2.0 look great, I can’t wait. Mine needs some major updates. ๐Ÿ˜€

  83. Sascha Loebbert says:

    Hey, good news. I will be using gravatar in my blog and in a user authentication I am using in a RoR application I am just developing.

  84. Count me in – at the moment our blog is expanding rapidly and people have been wanting gravatars. The sooner the better!

  85. slackerman says:

    Yeah!!! Giddyup!

  86. nonozone says:

    Yay, me want Gravatar too much!

  87. Brendan Rankin says:

    Ok…about time!

  88. Pia says:

    Yeah ๐Ÿ™‚

  89. Benfante says:

    I would like to beta-test too…

  90. Kimberley says:

    I want in!!!
    Can’t wait … ๐Ÿ™‚

  91. Aryslan says:

    Well lets see what this new version bring us XD

  92. paskal says:

    ooopppssss…i think its already (and almost half of) February… lolz no offense ๐Ÿ˜›

  93. Patrick says:

    Can’t wait – I just… can’t… wait :p

  94. Kirsten says:

    I would like to test too! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Include me ! ^^

  95. Jowah says:

    Count on me โ™ฅ

  96. Jenny says:

    nifty. i can’t wait. i must see teh new gravatar!! wee!!!!

  97. caligurl says:

    i SO can’t wait!!!!!!

  98. Miguel says:

    I would like to test this as well!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  99. beth says:

    I would like to be included ๐Ÿ™‚

  100. esotericsean says:

    sounds awesome! i can’t wait!

  101. kaihsyn says:

    Can’t wait anymore!!

  102. NAKADAI says:



  103. jishui says:

    I miss my Gravatars! Can you give me an invation?

  104. toby says:

    hey coming soon… it’s real. and it’s good.

  105. Alpesh says:

    Hey Get me in ;-)!

  106. aNt1 says:

    Really exited about that!

  107. christian says:

    Cool! At long last, gravatar is back!

  108. The Exit says:

    The new Beta is great! It is a pleasure!

  109. dip says:

    And I want to test it, please get me in!!!

  110. Nathan says:

    Sweet, I can’t wait!

  111. I too would like an unproven untested jury-rigged new gravatar!

  112. Filipe Rocha says:

    As Halloween say: I want in. ๐Ÿ™‚

  113. katychan says:

    I can’t wait to see it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  114. Susanne says:

    Great! ๐Ÿ™‚

  115. Indigo says:

    Can’t wait!

  116. It looks fantastic! The simplicity and ease of use will be excellent!

  117. I’ve been putting off adding Gravatars to a couple of sites I’m developing until 2.0 is launched. It’s great to see you’re making progress! ๐Ÿ™‚

  118. Evil Genius says:

    Sweet! Can’t wait to be one your beta testers!

  119. Jason Shao says:

    Glad to see this service is picking back up.

  120. Charlotte says:

    Thank goodness.. I did this avatar for a blog I no longer have and I’ve been wanting to change it for several months now. A ghost just doesn’t go with an armymom blog now ๐Ÿ™‚

  121. Mark Hewitt says:

    Me too! Me too! Pweeeeeeease?

  122. figgy says:

    I am thrilled that this will be coming soon! I have been waiting for months!

    I do not know if I will need to resubmit my picture… it was in the process of being rated when Gravatar went down. Whatever, I’m just so pleased it’s almost ready!

  123. Carolinas CW says:

    Great work… can’t wait to see the new and approved gravatar.

  124. Todd says:

    sweet! can’t wait to get in and be one of the cool kids.

  125. Josh says:

    Hey, i’d love to be in the beta. Count me in!

  126. Sascha says:

    Any chance to get into the beta (and will there be a new MT plugin)?

  127. Satsuma says:

    been waiting for this, any chance i could get a chance to test it as well?

  128. jeremy says:

    when you posted about leaving a message to be contacted or not if you were a user, i didn’t leave a message. i wish i would have now so i could have gotten in on the beta testing!

  129. Stephanie says:

    I can’t wait either.

    The only problem with having users rating gravatars is that they may misrate them. You should give a bunch of staff members with the power to rate gravatars as they’re changed and made, etc.

  130. The beta is just great–look forward to it, guys ๐Ÿ™‚

  131. Lubos Motl says:

    Curious whether I can still be invited. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  132. Matt George says:

    I would like to test this out, please.

  133. oliver says:

    Wow gravatar rocks! Look forward to seeing what it can do.

  134. SisterX says:

    I am looking forward to the public release of Gravatar and any beta testing that might still beIavailable! Thank you!

  135. Carman says:

    Looking forward to it.

  136. PTey says:

    Also looking forward to it!

  137. Lily says:

    Looking particularly forward to it. My avatar never shows up through the main site.

  138. jrphelps says:

    Any update on when we might have an API for uploading new images to Gravatar? It would be a lot of fun to write an app to work with it!

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