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Some of my favorite startups are the ones solving small, everyday problems. Take our situation in the above picture, for example. You’re trying out a new web service that you came across, and all of a sudden the signup process comes to a screeching halt when you’re asked to upload a profile pic. I never know where my standard mugshot is, so I have to head to Facebook, save my mugshot from there, etc.
Gravatar thought it would be way cooler if everyone just had a globally-recognized avatar (a “gravatar”) that followed them around the web. “Simple, portable, and supported by a kajillion blogs and websites”, Gravatar lets you upload a profile pic once, and then installs it in new profiles you create, even including a bit of extra info such as a short bio and social media links. They should get the US State Department onboard so we don’t have to get passport photos made anymore.
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