Mar 19 2011

What is an avatar?

Category: Computers & Internet


Blog/Forum AvatarAn avatar is essentially a digital representation or identifier of a particular computer user. They will often vary in appearance in relation to the setting. A 3D avatar is often used in online gaming (MMPG or MMORPG) but the majority of avatars are used in chat rooms, forums, and blog commenting, with a 2D picture representation the user. A traditional two-dimensional avatar will be at least 60×60 pixels to 100×100 pixels in size and will be the actual picture of the user or, in some cases, an animated version. Gravatar has created an excellent system that allows users to create avatars that have the ability to follow them (by email address) throughout their posts and comments in certain blogs and forums.

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