I’ll be at ONA09 for the next few days, where I’ll meet, probably, a few hundred people I know from the Internet.
But they don’t know me.
I mean, they know what I say and write and produce online, but most of them know my avatar better.
That’s the one. I’m sitting outside at a Cambridge, Massachusetts metro stop in December 2006 on a cold day during a break in an epic walk around Boston with my wife, wearing a (beloved, but now lost) hat she knit for me.
That’s the story of the avatar, but frankly, I’m considerably larger than a 73px by 73px image.
An example of the reactions the avatar problem leads to, from a much later date in Cambridge:
Of course, meeting in person largely solves the avatar problem.
Look for me at ONA. I’ll be the guy wearing the name tag that says “Ryan Sholin” on it.
1 thought on “The avatar problem”
This is one of the most amusing things that happens at tweetups and meetups and such. You have all these close friends, but when you meet them in real life, they are like, “huh, I pictured you different.”
I actually just changed mine for that reason — and blogged about all the comments I got for it: http://www.thebobbypin.com/2009/09/change-your-avatar-change-your-life.html