Your gravatar: it’s not just for web pages any more!

Simon Menke wrote a Mac OSX 10.5 plugin for the address book which brings gravatars off the web site and into your contacts. Simon intuitively grasped something that we were planning on highlighting after doing some more work with the gravatar site and processes: gravatars are something that can be used almost anywhere. Sure the most common place you’ll see them now is on blog comments, but the sky truly is the limit. Way to go Simon!

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50 responses to “Your gravatar: it’s not just for web pages any more!”

  1. Michael Avatar

    Now that’s a clever way of using Gravatar–nice job. 🙂

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  2. andy cochrane Avatar

    i like this a lot and can’t wait to upgrade to 10.5 to give it a spin. a request for you fine gravatars folks: merge/work with openid. i would love to see services like yours, openid, and the forthcoming open source social timeline working hand in hand to create a far more integrated internet, one that doesn’t require us all to sign up a billion times and enter/maintain our data across hundreds of websites.

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  3. Ivan Levashew Avatar
    Ivan Levashew

    It’s 10.5 only!

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  4. […] a little FYI: Gravatars are now available in OSX 10.5 to add to any of your contacts. This is hopefully the first of many forays into other parts of the world of information that […]

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  5. Jeffro2pt0 Avatar

    I think the G in Gravatar stands for Global. So the more places my Gravatar will show up, the better.

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  6. pjreview Avatar
    pjreview

    now thats totally cool of Simon to do that. If only someone can do the same with Windows PC, I’ll be happy to use it 😀

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  7. Jenny Avatar

    Ah but what about the people on Windowss!!

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  8. Binary Blonde Avatar

    Very nifty, and a great start. In addition to email, I hope see it implemented in chat clients (Yes, GoogleTalk, I’m speaking to you.), forums and other social gathering places, among other things.

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  9. huda Avatar

    Hope there will be more addressbook software use it.

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  10. Tadd Avatar

    That’s pretty cool. I’m a PC guy myself, but I’m pretty sure that if he did it for Mac someone will do it for PC.

    So .. if the ‘G’ stands for ‘Global’ what does the ‘r’ stand for?

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  11. Cirofono Avatar

    Then what the ‘r’ stands for? Is it “Global” in Engrish? “Grobaru”? :0)

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  12. Matt Ellsworth Avatar

    Thats cool. I don’t use a mac – but nice hack.

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  13. storymode Avatar
    storymode

    A firm step in the right direction. I don’t own a Mac (yet), but a stronger sense of personalization and identity, especially for a versatile application like OSX’s Address Book, is definitely the way to go.

    Wrote a rhetoric-driven blog entry supporting the exposure and spreading of Gravatars because I like the idea so much. A few of my visitors have already taken up the proposition.

    http://storymode.wordpress.com/2007/12/07/gravatars-for-non-registered-wordpress-commentators/

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  14. Khürt Avatar

    So far it has done nothing except slow down and crash the Address Book (running OS X 10.5.1)

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  15. Apollo Avatar

    This is a great development. I’d love to be able to import Gravatars into GMail address books as well, or at least Thunderbird.

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  16. s Avatar

    nice one. looking forward to the expansion of gravatars as gravatars + openid could be the winning combination for the single sign on in the internet future 🙂

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  17. Jamie Thingelstad Avatar

    Okay — I must be missing something since I tried to install this twice, logged out and back in as required, and it just wont show up for me. ??? Love this idea!

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  18. L B Avatar

    Fab!!! Excellent!

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  19. Vikram Avatar

    I absolutely love this concept! Its one of he important steps in Branding your website, blog , business or even yourself online.

    I have defined the same Gravatar for all my emails, to keep the branding going!

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  20. michal Avatar

    thats a nice idea … i would like it for outlook and skype if possible 😉

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  21. Ehab Avatar

    Ho ! Cool !

    Too bad I am a Windows user (XP) – but I believe within some time, it would be available for Vista as well.

    Best of luck guys !

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  22. […] OS X 10.5 ? Grab this plugin to serve Gravatars in your address […]

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  23. FKG Avatar

    Does that mean we’ll be able to use them on instant messaging applications as well?

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  24. Extreme Avatar

    Really like the idea, ill finally be creating my first!

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  25. Jauhari Avatar

    Wow, this perfect, I will install on My Leopard 😉

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  26. sam9 Avatar

    sdferswewffewfsefes

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  27. David Avatar

    Actually, it is supposed to stand for Globally. As in Globally Recognized Avatars. 🙂 Gravatar. Right on the money about hoping it shows up everywhere though. 🙂

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  28. Reyn Avatar

    That is so nice! Good job, Simon! 🙂

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  29. Skunkie Avatar

    Now this is an awesome idea!

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  30. Claude Gelinas Avatar

    At last, a good reason to embrace (and upgrade to) MacOS X Leopard ; )

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  31. […] desde que fue adquirida por Automattic, está expandiéndose. Ahora hay disponible un plugin para el Address Book de Leopard y hasta uno para Thunderbird, para que cuando escribas un mail aparezca el avatar de la persona a […]

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  32. […] desde que fue adquirida por Automattic, está expandiéndose. Ahora hay disponible un plugin para el Address Book de Leopard y hasta uno para Thunderbird, para que cuando escribas un mail aparezca el avatar de la persona a […]

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  33. tapaenelsuelo Avatar
    tapaenelsuelo

    Is it just for Mac?¿?¿?

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  34. Tri Avatar
    Tri

    Bodn amat ah

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  35. Niecy Avatar
    Niecy

    I am having trouble viewing my avatar on any site. What did I do wrong?

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  36. Cláudio Avatar
    Cláudio

    Testing.

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  37. […] sur une application et non sur une page web. À tester dès que j’ai un 10.5 sous la main source Filed under Web.  | var blogTool = “WordPress”; var blogURL = […]

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  38. jupiterproject123 Avatar
    jupiterproject123

    I’m noticing some buggy behaviour in Address Book now since installing this: DB literally disappears from my desktop, even though it’s still open. When it finally reappears (usually when hitting ESC for some reason) I can no longer quit it normally, I have to force quit.

    I have no way of contacting the developer, and don’t know how to uninstall. His blog has closed comments.

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  39. […] it gets instantly changed all over the web. Gravatars can also be integrated into email clients and more. Expect this service to take off considerably over the next few […]

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  40. pablo sabucedo santos Avatar

    quiero un avatar no entiendo ingles

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  41. moonlightgraham28 Avatar
    moonlightgraham28

    Grrrrreat!

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  42. tl Avatar

    @jupiterproject123,

    To uninstall delete the following file:
    /Library/Application Support/SIMBL/Plugins/Avatars.bundle

    Optionally, you can also delete the SIMBL directory (unless you are using it for some other plugins)
    /Library/InputManagers/SIMBL

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  43. Evan Carroll Avatar

    I love this concept (global avatars) but have no faith in major adoption… Instructing people that your centralized avatar support is a good idea when you don’t implement decentralized open authentication seems like a failure on the part of gravatar. I want the ability to put in my OpenId url. And to forward new clients with an openid url, and primary email address in the signup…

    You want me to refer people to sign up with your service just to get an avatar on my website? Are you crazy? You know how many private companies could make use of your service?? You know how many want to incur the support of being bothered with your authentication service? I could implement gravatar support now, but could I tell management to suggest gravatar on account creation: no — not in good faith.

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  44. Adam Prall Avatar

    Apokalyptik – the plugin’s gone offline, and the author’s blog is now missing. Does anyone have new info on it? I’ve just written Simon a message to ask for a copy and will post any updates I find here.
    Evan – how much are you paying for this service?

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  45. Moritz Avatar

    The link doesn’t work anymore, I redid a simple version myself, visit my blog, http://momo.brauchtman.net/2009/03/missing-link-update-contact-image-in-macs-address-book-using-gravatar/, to get it.

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  46. […] languages. And don’t limit yourself to just the web, with Gravatar’s popping up on the desktop […]

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