8 Sites for Creating Social Media Avatars

August 10, 2009
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What is an avatar?

An avatar is the photo of yourself you use online, be it on Facebook, Twitter, Plurk or otherwise. Some people choose to do silly photos, others choose to retouch them or alter them to soften their appearance. Whatever the reason, it is not uncommon to alter your photo to relate to an audience that you have a personality. Below are eight sites that allow you to upload a picture of yourself then go to town for free.  Tell us in comments if you’ll be changing your avatar!
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  • http://www.drivebuytech.com/ Ian Greenleigh

    I’m going to do the one that looks like a tattoo of my face on someone’s heinie. I’ll let you know how it all works out for me professionally.

  • http://www.as-such.com Andrea Schulle

    Fun stuff! Thanks Lani.

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  • http://www.ocrealestatevoice.com Linsey

    It’s funny…I did my ‘Vogue’ twitter avatar on a lark. Somehow, it’s kinda become my thing. I’m amazed how often people comment on it; it’s fun and memorable. I’ll admit however, I’d pass on the ass tatoo, too. ;)

  • http://www.enaplesrealestate.com Tim Ryan

    Quite frankly, my IT guy is doing this for me. Social media takes enough time as it is.

  • http://www.naplesrealestateseller.com Sal Antsipenka

    I prefer to just upload a pic if I can. Avatars are not that important unless you are an artist or a kid. However whatever it takes to have fun, I guess.

  • http://www.headshot-photos.com Steven Noreyko

    Cute avatar results from those sites.

    However, keep in mind that if you’re using social media for your business, try to keep your avatar picture professional looking.

    Also – I like to be able to recognize people from their avatar photos at tweetups and other social events. If you go crazy making it look “funky”, you might make yourself unrecognizable.

    steven noreyko :: photographer
    @headshotpro

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  • http://www.augustalistingexpert.com/properties Joe Loomer

    Wow – Since befunky had eight different options, I spent ten minutes messing around with it before realizing there where SEVEN more links right below it – hadn’t scrolled down all the way.

    Lani always finds the FUN stuff!!

    Navy Chief, Navy Pride

  • http://officesearchtoronto.com Chris Fyvie

    Thanks for the post! I used a few of these sites to put a spin on my logo and jazz up a few pictures I can use in my posts.

    Here’s are my fav!

    http://twitpic.com/f0lax
    http://twitpic.com/f0lc2

  • Bob Garson

    Thank you very much – photofunia is really nice site. Another site like this is Picjoke.com – they make a new effect every day!

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