Up till yesterday, the Gravatar (Globally Acknowledged Avatar) weblog lay dormant for 9 years, the last post chronicling how the staff got down to create a Gravatar app that by some means “morphed into a Selfies app.” Communication went silent after that, though the Twitter account posted sometimes.
The service has pivoted to turn into “a private digital enterprise card” the place customers can hyperlink to varied apps and web sites that assist to ascertain their identities on-line.
Gravatar introduced this week that it has launched new payment features for profiles. Customers have the choice so as to add hyperlinks for PayPal, Venmo, and Patreon. The Gravatar staff is taking a look at including Money App and extra suppliers sooner or later.
On cellular, profiles seem with new “Ship Cash” and “Share Profile” buttons. Every profile has its personal distinctive QR code that may be copied and shared.
The cost accounts present up as hyperlinks that guests can click on by. Customers may show hyperlinks to cryptocurrency pockets addresses, together with Bitcoin (BTC), Litecoin (LTC), Dogecoin (DOGE), Ethereum (ETH), XRP, and Cardano (ADA).
Profiles could be personalized with a background picture, photograph gallery, social hyperlinks, and hyperlinks to verified providers.
Gravatar is utilized by Slack, Atlassian (proprietor of Jira and Trello), GitHub, Stack Overflow, and Disqus, serving hundreds of thousands of requests per day. One other new main person is OpenAI, which shows customers’ Gravatar pictures when chatting with ChatGPT. The service can also be integrated with every WordPress install, and an Automattic consultant confirmed there are not any plans to alter this.
Automattic reported that the corporate doesn’t obtain a lower of any funds handed by Gravatar hyperlinks, nor does it have monetary partnerships with any of the cost suppliers. The corporate additionally has no visibility into the transactions that occur by Gravatar cost hyperlinks.
Through the previous 9 years, the small Gravatar staff has been bettering how profile pages look, including providers that may be verified, working to enhance the hashing and safety of knowledge, and sustaining the infrastructure required to retailer and serve so many pictures and profiles.
“We aren’t at present engaged on a Gravatar app, however it’s one thing we’re contemplating,” an Automattic consultant informed the Tavern.
After the Selfies app was retired, a number of the code went into Jetpack and is now a part of the app. Jetpack customers can handle their Gravatar profile info and avatar photograph contained in the app.