Whats Your Avatar?
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
We all start with the daunting task of building our online presence, struggling to build our own space in the Blogosphere. When it comes to being a part of community we try to add attractive avatars. Just adding our own picture doesn’t help in building the rappo or creating as much of recognition, or convey our buzz factor we might want to send.In personal blogs, or many time in social networking sites your Avatars should build the personality, and should be able to reflect the nature of your personality.
What are Avatars?
They are an extension to your personality, and basically identity of you in web or in online social network websites. Most people create avatars to represent themselves. As a representation of one’s personality or lifestyle, to create avatars is like expressing one’s self. Avatars are popular as simply graphics, and they might be in the form of GIF, BMP, or JPG format not only when it is created but when it is uploaded. In most cases, to create avatars as well as to edit graphics is not a very easy process. It is considered to be a subject that cannot be easily or readily explained or taught.
Why do we bother for our online avatars:
Basically our avatars are the most important identification for most of us on the Internet. It many times reflects our thoughts; it markets us, and even build relationships before even website/blog or profile page. Sometimes when one is not known much, Avatars become reason for huge fan club and following.
Avatars as a secret weapon for online success:
It’s really tough for focused blogging or interaction in social sites when a person doesn’t have readers or viewers of ones blog. In fact many companies have added different animated talking avatars as their website communication agents, and even got their sales improvement.
So we all try to have our avatars as attractive as much, similar way we try to dress ourselves the best. Many times it can be as important as it can be the content of your blog, as web is becoming so socially dominant. It can speak for you are even do lot of marketing for you. Checkout Antmans Avatar, he does what he speaks. He is providing fame to many through his shoutouts, notice the mike his avatar is holding.
From his own blog: We bet you’re asking what is up with the ant? Ant’s don’t "buzz"! That is correct. We would like to give thanks to Chris Anderson, Author of "The Long Tail" www.thelongtail.com for the inspiration. Thanks Chris!!!!
"For a generation of customers used to doing their buying research via search engine, a company’s brand is not what the company says it is, but what Google says it is. The new tastemakers are us. Word of mouth is now a public conversation, carried in blog comments and customer reviews, exhaustively collated and measured. The ants have megaphones." Chris Anderson - "The Long Tail"
How can we forgot so controversial avatar of Marketing Pilgrim in MyBlogLog and so much adored avatar of a very interesting blog of Ilker Yoldas
There can be many more useful uses an avatar can do for online business, and for your presence in social networking site when it gets very memorable and attractive.
Some very interesting services for getting your avatars:
So where can you get your very own Avatars.
I know I have missed few but still you can check these out.
Have some really great picture of yours, which is reflecting most of you. This could be really good and even helps in branding yourself. You can customize your picture for your different profiles from here: Mypictr
Or you can create a animated clone of your own using a very interesting service at Gizmoz create and you can even add your own voice to it.
You can search among the thousands of free icons at Iconator and could find a very specific ones for yourself which conveys your messages. This site is updated almost daily.
A great place for all those girl bloggers out there to create your own personality extension, or guys wanting to have girl avatars can check Dollwizard like above.
It would be really great if you could provide more information for free as well as paid resources/services for getting better avatars.
Go create one fr your own.
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