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What is an Avatar?

Friday, March 23rd, 2007 by | Filed Under: Computer Terms

I’m sure you’ve all heard of the term “avatar” before, right? Besides being a 3D movie by James Cameron, it is also a pretty common term in today’s Internet world. Still, you may have heard of it and still not know what it means or what all it entails.

This is an example of an avatar picture.

An avatar is basically just an icon that helps represent you on the Internet. They are mostly used on site forums, game programs and some other online communities, like chat rooms. A lot of people use a picture of themselves for their avatar, while others just use a favorite picture of something they like. For example, right now, my avatar on WorldStart’s message board is a beautiful yellow flower. Why? Because I love flowers!

Most Web sites that allow you to have an avatar will have instructions on how to get yours posted. They will probably have certain guidelines (sizes, content, etc.) that you will have to follow, but they’re generally easy to create. For instance, WorldStart’s maximum size allowed is 100×100 pixels or 19.5 KB (whichever is smaller). So, now that you know exactly what an avatar is, you can get started on creating your own. How fun is that?!

~ Erin

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