Gravatar gets Profiles

March 29, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Beau Lebens' Gravatar profile

Gravatar took a big step over the weekend and announced support for public profiles, going from an avatar service to a business card and social network service in an instant.

Thanks to Automattic’s acquisition of Gravatar a few years back, WordPress.com users can enjoy editing their Gravatar profiles right within their dashboards. For everyone else, it’s just a matter of logging into Gravatar and going to My Account > Edit My Profile. There you can add your personal details and link up other web services and sites.

I think this is a great way to add value to Gravatar’s original premise that doesn’t sound too ambitious, but who knows what they’ll think of next!

Leave a Comment | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Interview with Automattic CEO Toni Schneider

January 13, 2010 | No Comments Yet

WPVibe has an exclusive interview with Automattic’s CEO, Toni Schneider. We get a look at how this telecommute-friendly company gets things done (P2, IRC, and Skype), a bit of WordPress.com talk, and Toni’s personal life.

What is one thing you’ve learned while being at Automattic that has made you a better CEO?

A brand new thing that I had never done before was figuring out how to build a distributed company, where team members work from places all over the world. That’s been a great learning experience for me. I love how much personal freedom the distributed model gives people. One of our “Automatticians” told us just yesterday that he is going to Chile for 40 days. He has rented an apartment and will work from there. That’s the kind of thing you can do in a distributed organization. The challenge is to create a sense of teamwork and common purpose despite being spread so far apart.

And here are some amazing figures for Automattic’s other services:

  • 1 billion avatar requests on Gravatar every day
  • 220 million visitors on WordPress.com every month
  • 117 million people reached by PollDaddy every month

A lot of times we more closely associate the WordPress project with just-turned-26 Matt Mullenweg, and while is is the founder after all, it’s great to get to know other members of team Automattic.

Leave a Comment | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

WordPress.com and Gravatar.com redesigned

August 21, 2009 | No Comments Yet

There’s been a lot of new homepage designs coming out of Automattic lately: apart from the sneak peek we got from get.wp.com, we also have a refreshed WordPress.com and Gravatar.com.

The WordPress.com homepage showcases the top blogs hosted on their service like Cute Overload and Technologizer, stats on usage like the number of blogs and words pressed today, and the features offered like themes and widgets. I also noticed a nice little hint that says “WordPress.com is also available in Tagalog.”—especially timely if you want to blog in our native language this Buwan ng Wika.

The Gravatar.com homepage shows a video demo explaining what the service is all about, and WordPress.com users enjoy immediate access. Matt Mullenweg notes in his announcement of the refresh that the design is a sign of things to come, which makes us wonder exactly what he means by it. I hope it has something to do with making Gravatar more mainstream. It should be a fixture on all the major social networks!

Leave a Comment | Tags: , , , ,

WordCamp SF badges will use Gravatars; What about WordCamp Philippines?

August 7, 2008 | 5 Comments

Update: Andy Peatling has released the source for generating gravatar-powered badges for conferences. Find out how.

WordCamp 2008 badge mockup

Here’s an interesting new development in the upcoming WordCamp—WordCamp San Francisco, that is. Camper badges will use the gravatars of the registered attendees.

So now I wonder if the folks organizing WordCamp Philippines will do the same. This also begs the question as to how many Filipino WordPress users—and Filipino bloggers in general—use Gravatars. Do you?

Leave a Comment | Tags: , , ,