Your online image is getting more and more important. It doesn’t matter if you go online for personal reasons, business or both. For most people it will be a blend of personal accounts and business with different email addresses involved for each. For example, I have a personal email, work email and a third I use just for online purchases.
One of the things that you can do immediately is to choose your avatar. No, you don’t get to log into a giant blue alien body. I am talking about the image/icon that follows you around when you post on message boards, forums or other services that require user accounts. Some services will have a photo that accompanies your user that easily visually identifies you, if you do not have one they will usually insert a generic profile silhouette. But you have control. You can choose your own avatar.
You can and should have a different avatar for every email address you use. It is fun to have that photo of a possum but you don’t want that showing up near your business emails. Different Avatars not only help to control your online image, it is also handy as a great visual cue as to which account or email you are logged into as well. Particularly if you have a business and personal Gmail account. The inboxes can look very similar, it’s good to have that Gravatar image as a quick identifier for which one you are logged in as.
To do this, you will need to open a free WordPress.com account and then authorize that account to connect to Gravatar. Then you log into Gravatar, add an email address and upload a photo to be associated with it.
Couldn’t be easier.