Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 3rd Jul 2007 20:43 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes You might have noticed some user icons next to some comments today, this is because we enabled Gravatar support. Gravatar acts as a centralized identity pool where blogs, news sites (and recently can use their service and offer a universal icon for each unique email address. As long as you register on Gravatar with the same email address registered on OSNews, your personalized icon will be shown on OSNews (and on all other sites that support Gravatar) automatically. This is a testing period for Gravatar here at OSNews, and there are no guarantees whatsoever that the v4 version of OSNews will use that icon system or its own. It all depends on the kind of quality, stability and responsiveness we get from Gravatar's servers. So, upload your own icon at and test away! Ability to turn off user icons will be built-in on v4.
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RE[2]: Picons
by Feneric on Tue 3rd Jul 2007 23:38 UTC in reply to "RE: Picons"
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Not very popular I am afraid.

Of course they aren't, but neither are Gravatars (or any of the alternatives like .Mac icons, either). Overall, only a tiny minority of Internet users have any of them.

However, the decentralized serving method used by Picons gives them potentially significantly faster performance than either Gravatars or .Mac icons, and it's trivial to support additional flavors of personal icon once the initial one has been added. Some forums out there already support Picons and .Mac icons in addition to (or instead of) Gravatars.

Picons see pretty wide support in e-mail utilities ranging from the ubiquitous SquirrelMail to the expansive Emacs. I suspect that considering OS News' target audience there'll be just as many here already using Picons in some capacity as there are using Gravatars.

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