What is the difference in a Gravatar, Avatar or Favicon?

Answer: Not much.

Just different words for an icon that identifies you or your blog/website.

Gravatar stands for Globally Recognized Avatar. Using a Gravatar enables you to use the same recognizable icon/Avatar for all websites where you engage. How to Create and Use it?

Using a Gravatar promotes your brand.

An Avatar specifically refers to a character that represents an online user. Can be a profile picture, image of objects cartoon caricature, or 3D animated for gaming.

A favicon (pronounced “fave-icon”) is a small, iconic image that represents your website. Favicon Generator, 4 Easy Ways To Add A Favicon In WordPress.

I’ve written posts about using a Gravatar on blogs in the past. But some bloggers/writers still use a blank, the Gravatar Icon or other default icons. I don’t understand.

    

I use my picture as a Favicon, might change that one day, as well as for my Gravatar. These icons tell readers a little bit about you and your website. If you don’t want to use a picture of yourself, choose an object that gives readers a clue. Any picture can be a Gravatar or Favicon. Use your imagination and go wild. Use a Bitmoji character. But for the love of God, please don’t leave it blank.

An author? Use an icon of your book.    Little Prince Picture Book

A writer?  How about a writing tool? Or an image of a writer.

A parent? Kids. Even cartoon kids.

Home improvement website? Paintbrush, ladder?

A pet lover? A cute kitty or puppy. 

Gamer?  Design a cool 3D image of yourself or use an image from your favorite game.

Cooking? Food! 

 

The ideas are endless. So why not find the right Gravatar for your website? Let the world know what your blog is all about.

So, I gotta ask.

Why haven’t you added a Gravatar or Favicon to your website?

Do you think a recognizable Gravatar helps with branding?

Has fear stopped you from creating a Gravatar?

 

Want to read more about icons?

Here you go…

How to change the default Gravatar on WordPress. 

Avatar Marker

Favicons and Gravatars 

GENERATE UNIQUE IMAGES FROM ANY TEXT

Favicon Generators

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12 thoughts on “What is the difference in a Gravatar, Avatar or Favicon?

      1. Welcome, Jean – I only knew because my blog theme requires a featured image be specified for each post and experience taught me that if a featured image is not specifed, the last image uploaded and inserted into a post, is the one that gets automatically selected – in your case, it tends to be one of your media icons (FB being favourite) 😃

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