Here is some happy-making news:

Automattic Acquires Gravatar

October 18, 2007

The best ideas are often the simplest. (At least in hindsight.) The idea of globally-recognized avatar, or Gravatar, struck me from the first time I heard it. Of course I should be able to have my avatar wherever I go! Of course email is a great way to key it! Of course there should be an open API for any platform!

Watching how Gravatar changed and evolved over the years I saw a service with great adoption and potential, but facing some classic problems of scale that successful sites are often lucky to run into. Scaling happens to be something my company, Automattic, is very good at, and as we started chatting with Tom Werner of Gravatar it became obvious there’s a lot of potential for combined forces, and I also saw a lot of parallels to Akismet, a product that does one thing, does it well, and has an open API so any platform can use it.So we worked out an arrangement to transfer the code and service from Tom to Automattic, and here we are. Here’s what we’ve done so far over the past few days: Read the rest on their blog!

I know this is not my normal topic here on my blog, but I thought the idea of the Gravatar was so great whne I signed up. I’m tired of uploading my avatar to a million different sites. Doesn’t it make more sense to make it universal? But, it never seemed to work for me. My Gravatar never showed up when it was supposed to. So this is great news! Thanks to Travis for bringing this news to my attention. And I’ve already tried it out and it works great already. They are adding a lot of features in the near future and I can’t wait!

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