Baby boomers — and many of us arrived late to the online world— are getting savvier now about technology. Facebook, for example, reports that its biggest growth is among people older than 50. Visit any Apple store and you’ll see a preponderance of gray-haired shoppers because Apple’s tech stuff is easy to use. It has become a reality … if you want to keep up with the kids, the grandchildren, old friends, becoming more tech smart is a necessity.
Here at BoomerCafé, we encourage readers to join in and create their own online identity. It’s free, easy, and safe. It’s called a “Gravatar” – a derivation of “Avatar,” which basically means a bodily form on earth; it’s a little image of you that shows up whenever you comment here at BoomerCafé or on other online stories and news sites.
You can use your own photograph, rather than have some silly default image appear. To understand what a Gravatar looks like, check out the small photos of people next to their names when they comment on a story.
If someone doesn’t have a Gravatar, a generic blue circle or funny face icon shows up. If they have one, we see who they are.
A Gravatar is globally recognized because millions of people and websites use them. It’s a way for you to have your own little picture identity across the World Wide Web.