Private Beta Underway

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 to “Private Beta Underway”

  1. Kyle Korleski Avatar

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

  2. monaxle Avatar

    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 Avatar

    Yay, me want Gravatar too!

  4. yoshi Avatar

    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 Avatar

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

  6. bart Avatar

    I would like..! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Ken Hughes Avatar
    Ken Hughes

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

    .. KenH

  8. Borghal Avatar

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

    Good work!

  9. Hikaru Avatar

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

  10. Romi Avatar

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

  11. Mary Avatar

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

  12. Leichtmatrose Hannes Avatar

    Beta tester ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Nan Avatar

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

  14. Corinne Avatar

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

  15. Jared Avatar

    beta tester too

  16. Casey Avatar

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

  17. Jason Avatar

    Look forward to seeing the new changes.

  18. Ben M Avatar

    Getting excited. Thanks for all the hard work.

  19. Aragorn Invent Avatar

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

  20. Indelibrella Avatar

    I miss my Gravatars!

  21. jinny Avatar

    Oh…May you recover soon!

  22. Andrew Flusche Avatar

    Please include me in the beta as well.

  23. Valerie Avatar

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

  24. Queeny Avatar

    Yeah – me want gravatar!!

  25. Luc Latulippe Avatar

    Sweet! Count me in.

  26. Equipe TV No Ar Avatar

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

  27. Reyson Avatar

    Cool!! me too ^^

  28. badillo Avatar

    see good and new functions well

  29. Shuugo Avatar

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

  30. Natti Avatar

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

  31. Torley Avatar

    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™‚

  32. timwizard Avatar

    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.

  33. B.M.B. Avatar

    Count me in.

  34. Ymode Avatar

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

  35. Lilly Avatar

    cant wait for the new site!

  36. Test Avatar

    Still the old ones work? Nice

  37. Tabatha Avatar

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

  38. Ulf Avatar

    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)

  39. Mindy Avatar


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  41. Heiko K. Avatar

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

  42. Coming soon Avatar
    Coming soon

    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?

  43. Laughing Muse Avatar

    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.

  44. Dariana Avatar

    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™‚

  45. 6pence Avatar

    Count me in!

  46. ~A~ Avatar

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

  47. Slowfinger Avatar

    Desperate for giving it a whirl myself! Thanks.

  48. c Avatar

    I can’t wait to try what is coming.

  49. Markus Avatar

    yippee ka yay! Can’t wait anymore…

  50. Sascha A. Carlin Avatar

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

  51. Frรฉdรฉric Roland Avatar
    Frรฉdรฉric Roland

    I would like to test too.

  52. Julien Simery Avatar

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

  53. Frank Hamm Avatar

    Thanks alot for keeping us on tenterhooks ๐Ÿ™‚

  54. Arwen Folkes Avatar

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

  55. Ken Welsch Avatar

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

  56. Hazel Avatar

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

  57. Maros Avatar

    I can’t wait for the new Gravatar!

  58. Chryssy Avatar

    Hurry Hurry Hurry. CAN’T WAIT…Thanks

  59. James Snape Avatar

    Would love to help out…

  60. Cofyc Avatar

    Beta tester,Thanks.

  61. jimmy die tulpe tedeski Avatar

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

  62. Vinny Carpenter Avatar

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

  63. Celeste Avatar

    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!!!

  64. Venu Avatar

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

  65. Dennis Morhardt Avatar

    I love Gravatar, include me in the betatest

  66. BloodyWhore Avatar

    I need a new avatar!! HURRY!!!

  67. c.a. Marks Avatar

    Would like to be beta tester.

  68. Dakini Avatar

    Count me in. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you.

  69. Aqeel Avatar

    Cool, Can’t wait ๐Ÿ™‚

  70. Gmartintin Avatar

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

  71. Thomas Avatar

    Why You let your users wait?
    Cannot understand that!

    Is there an alternative?

  72. suexID Avatar

    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.

  73. Peter Avatar

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

  74. webmotion Avatar

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

  75. JavaMonkey Avatar

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

  76. Gaco Avatar

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

  77. Johnny Avatar

    me wantssssit.

  78. Asuka Avatar

    Can’t wait until gravatar is back online again!

  79. Echilon Avatar

    Can’t wait!

  80. chi Avatar

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

  81. Heather Avatar

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

  82. Brian Kuhn Avatar

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

  83. Mike Vitoroulis Avatar

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

  84. Sascha Loebbert Avatar
    Sascha Loebbert

    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.

  85. skepticlawyer Avatar

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

  86. slackerman Avatar

    Yeah!!! Giddyup!

  87. nonozone Avatar

    Yay, me want Gravatar too much!

  88. Brendan Rankin Avatar
    Brendan Rankin

    Ok…about time!

  89. Pia Avatar

    Yeah ๐Ÿ™‚

  90. Benfante Avatar

    I would like to beta-test too…

  91. Kimberley Avatar

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

  92. Aryslan Avatar

    Well lets see what this new version bring us XD

  93. paskal Avatar

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

  94. Patrick Avatar

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

  95. Kirsten Avatar

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

  96. Jowah Avatar

    Count on me โ™ฅ

  97. Jenny Avatar

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

  98. caligurl Avatar

    i SO can’t wait!!!!!!

  99. Miguel Avatar

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

  100. beth Avatar

    I would like to be included ๐Ÿ™‚

  101. esotericsean Avatar

    sounds awesome! i can’t wait!

  102. kaihsyn Avatar

    Can’t wait anymore!!

  103. NAKADAI Avatar



  104. jishui Avatar

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

  105. toby Avatar

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

  106. Alpesh Avatar

    Hey Get me in ;-)!

  107. aNt1 Avatar

    Really exited about that!

  108. christian Avatar

    Cool! At long last, gravatar is back!

  109. The Exit Avatar

    The new Beta is great! It is a pleasure!

  110. dip Avatar

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

  111. Nathan Avatar

    Sweet, I can’t wait!

  112. nick cetacean Avatar

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

  113. Filipe Rocha Avatar

    As Halloween say: I want in. ๐Ÿ™‚

  114. katychan Avatar

    I can’t wait to see it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  115. Susanne Avatar

    Great! ๐Ÿ™‚

  116. Indigo Avatar

    Can’t wait!

  117. Joey Esquivel Avatar

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

  118. Keith Solomon Avatar

    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™‚

  119. Evil Genius Avatar

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

  120. Jason Shao Avatar

    Glad to see this service is picking back up.

  121. Charlotte Avatar

    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™‚

  122. Mark Hewitt Avatar

    Me too! Me too! Pweeeeeeease?

  123. figgy Avatar

    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!

  124. Carolinas CW Avatar

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

  125. Todd Avatar

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

  126. Josh Avatar

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

  127. Sascha Avatar

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

  128. Satsuma Avatar

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

  129. jeremy Avatar

    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!

  130. Stephanie Avatar

    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.

  131. Lasse Havelund Avatar

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

  132. Lubos Motl Avatar

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

  133. Matt George Avatar
    Matt George

    I would like to test this out, please.

  134. oliver Avatar

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

  135. SisterX Avatar

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

  136. Carman Avatar

    Looking forward to it.

  137. PTey Avatar

    Also looking forward to it!

  138. Lily Avatar

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

  139. jrphelps Avatar

    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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