Jul 29 AT 1:29 PM Clark Wimberly 60 Comments

Adding a user picture to your And Me Account and other awesome things


Each time we push an update here, we get a handful of questions from users asking about changes, where things have gone, etc. But there is one question we’ve been asked (and have answered) so repeatedly over the years that we figured it was finally time for a blog post.

Setting your And Me Account user picture

While we’ve got an amazingly awesome set of default Android icons, the best option is setting a custom user picture, an option we’ve made available through Gravatar. Why use a third party, you ask? Because we hate signing up for a new site each day and having to upload a picture. Not only is it an extra step at registration, but then you’re left with dozens of instances to update when you want to change your picture.

Sometimes I forget some folks might not be aware of Gravatar’s awesomeness. I’ve been building on WordPress for years, where it’s been the standard for universal user pictures. The process works like this:

  • you sign up at Gravatar.com
  • you upload a photo
  • blogs like Android and Me can automatically grab your picture

You’ve only got to sign up once, and it takes about 30 seconds. Then you’ll start seeing your face all over the place. You can even link extra email addresses to your Gravatar account to cover all your bases.

On the new site, we use Gravatar to source all user pictures. We use them in the comment threads. We use them for the author pictures. We use them in the sidebar with the top rated comments. And it’s not just us, setting your picture once at Gravatar will allow any blog you have an account with to automatically source the picture. Change it once? All sites updated.

A slight peak into the future

I mentioned it in our latest update post, but we’ve got big plans for our And Me Accounts. Right now we’re definitely in a transition phase, but we wanted to start rolling out features as we had them ready.

Currently, your And Me Account does little more than allow you to comment and keep score from a single account. Soon, you’ll be given a full user profile page that displays your name, picture, score, phone, carrier, recent comments, etc. Right now you can only score points from leaving a comment or someone up-voting one of your comments, but soon we’ll roll out all sorts of new point mechanics. We’ve got double point weekends, point-unlockable content, prizes reserved for user groups with certain point totals, etc. To get things started, any And Me Account that leaves a comment on this post will get double points.

We hope you guys will be happy with the user-centric features we’ll be pushing in the coming weeks. We feel we’ve finally got some of the kinks ironed out of this whole blogging thing and it’s time to focus on you, the loyal reader. If you’ve still not registered, you can do so here.

Clark is a developer living in Austin, Texas. He runs ClarkLab, a small web firm with his wife, Angie. He's a big fan of usability, standards, and clean design.

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    • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly


    • codesplice

      I’m a bit ashamed to admit that it took several weeks of searching around to figure out why my avatar on various blog sites was reverting to one I used for a wordpress page 5 years ago. Glad to have finally gotten that resolved though! :-D

  • http://www.nexsoftware.net Justin Shapcott

    I want prizes. Are staff eligible for prizes?

    • Edgar Cervantes

      I second that one!!!!

      • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

        Yep! We call them paychecks.

        • http://www.nexsoftware.net Justin Shapcott

          Bah, I don’t often get those. I feel the chances of my getting prizes would be better.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      Yeah, I think staff should be able to get in on all the prizes. All I ever get are review units from HTC that I have to send back. I wish my house was overflowing with Android goodies all the time!

  • http://jim.nuttz.org Jim Nutt

    I’ve been using for Gravatar for so long that I forget I have it set up.. :) This post reminding me it was time to change my picture..

  • Coltsfan74

    Did someone say Prizes??

  • SliestDragon

    Awesome, a post like this has been needed. I’ll bookmark it for anytime someone asks. :)


    Gravatar complete… Looking forward to the profile enhancements..Need an edit feature. Keep up the good work guys

    • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

      I’ve got my eye on some ajax edit functionality that should be just what we need, I’ll try to get it implemented in the next few weeks.

  • thaghost

    i don’t want points. i want a white GSII with a 4g LTE Galaxy Tab 10.1.

    oh, sorry. i thought this was christmas.

  • sylar

    Yea I think that I might pass on this I don’t really have to have a profile picture and the last time I did this it changed all my other profile photos to the same thing, took me forever to figure out why it had done that.

  • Richard Yarrell

    This site is a great source for experience and understanding how things work and I like that. Keep up the great work.

    • AME

      Richard got the coolest prize of all here- he got to write an article for the site.

      From now on though, just going by up votes, he’s screwed.

      • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

        We’ll just have to vote him up even more.

      • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

        PS only registered user votes are saved to the running point totals, otherwise the vote only affects the single comment score. Take that, trolls!

  • sylar

    Yea on that though as a prize would you just send me a Galaxy II s? That would make my life so much simpler.

  • Jake


  • Interpol91

    Double points eh? Comment! haha

    I Love Android and Me!!!

  • Brian Campbell

    I love AndroidAndMe!!!!!!

  • http://jwtear.blogspot.com/ جوتيار

    such a great thing thanks , but its not feature u made , if u have gravatar account it will automatically pull it .!!!


  • mike

    sounds very cool, keep up the great work!

  • Ryan Kim

    Wait, so all I have to do is post this and my points are doubled? Or any time I do something to earn points I get twice as much as I would? Or this post gets twice as much as a post on any other page gets?

    • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

      Leaving a comment on this post will net you 4 points (normally you get 2)

  • aj

    SWEET!!!!! PICTURES cant wait to get mine on there.

  • AME

    How are prizes and points related? Is it going to be like, ‘whoever gets the most points in the next week’ or ‘most up votes on a comment?’ It would seem weird to use absolute point counts because new readers would be at a disadvantage.

    • sylar

      I agree how are the points going to work? I’m starting to wonder how some people have racked up as many points as they already have. I’ve seen a couple of people on the site who are already close to having 200 points. What have they been doing having full page conversations? Not that I’m complaining I’d like to win something but I don’t figure I will.

      • aj

        I think the staff can fix the points. Jk. i dont know if they can but just saying

    • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

      It won’t ever be something like “the top ten people get prizes”. It will probably be like any user with X points is qualified to enter (just a way to verify active and helpful accounts).

      We will also do things like look to qualified users for surveys and betas as well as have power-user-only content on the site (or at least early access).

      We are just looking for ways to give back to accounts that give to us. If anyone has any ideas, we’d like to hear them.

  • aj

    Wait so if i comment on here a bunch of times ill get tons of points? HAHA nah im only going to post a comment twice

  • luiek20

    cant wait to c what prizes we can win lol

  • Raghav

    prizes as in phones or candy?

  • Mr Guzz

    Great !

  • Probiewankenobi

    I love what you’re doing with the site. You’re making it even more fun to come back to it. Thanks!

  • 20hall

    wow sounds great :) this site looks simple but at the same time awesome and organized!
    and yes i think someone just say prizes…. :P

  • mickey_a_s

    Is it just me or is anyone else having issues with logging in to their account and leaving comments using Firefox 4? When on the front page I would log in and the account widget would appear, but when I go to read an article, it comes up with the “Login to your Android And Me account to participate!” button. I’ve disabled al of my add-ons in case there was something clashing and now the opposite is the case. Namely the front page asks me to log in whilst the articles show the widget.

    • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

      I just tried it with FF5 and things seemed to work… Is there any reason you’re still using v4? Also, try visiting just the /wp-admin URL and see what happens. Will it let you login there?

      • mickey_a_s

        Sorry I meant FF5. I can log in there. When I go back to the articles it seems to keep displaying the Login box. Can’t make a trend out right now.

  • Jay

    Lots of good info in this article. Thanks.

  • http://sweeterskins.net Lemon

    I have a gravatar. And now I have double points!!!

  • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

    Clark, can i just start off with a bajillion points?

  • Alpha

    No Gravatar yet. . .

  • zyphbear

    I like being able to Gravatar, simplifies the process of icon usage too!

  • Futureboy

    I finally have a consistent face!

  • Ari32

    Hmm… This Gravatar thing sounds pretty cool and rather useful

  • umarfaruk

    Testing my pic..! :)

  • spintrex

    Been trying to figure out how to change my profile pic and finally stumbled upon this post. Also found a cesspool of spam building up here for some time, with double points to comments in this post its no wonder that those spammers are ranked so high.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Thanks for pointing that out. Deleted the accounts and comments.

      • spintrex

        No problemo, is there a section in the site to report spammers? I will try to do my job in down voting but hopefully we could see a way to take out those spamming hooligans in the future.

  • erikiksaz

    Alright…let’s see if my gravatar took…

  • damambt

    double points! excellent!

  • robbyp30

    double points still?

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  • T.C.

    Should include these instructions somewhere on our Profile Edit page.

    • Shadowlore

      Agreed. Kept wondering if I had to get a certain ‘rank’ in order to add an avatar ;)

  • halo0

    I signed up for gravatar but my pic isn’t working yet. How long does it take?