Favicons have been around for years and almost every website uses them. Why? Because they are easy. Webmasters just upload the favicon.ico file to their root directory and anybody can use the image as they wish.
Avatars are a more complicated business. Some sites pull them from MyBlogLog or Gravatar and some make you upload your own. Blogicon is a new system whereby webmasters simply upload their avatar to their website in the same way as a favatar.
The benefit is that you don’t have to sign up with any third party systems to use Blogicon, just add the image to your site and carry on using the web as normal, other people do the rest.
The Blogicon image is a gif file 80 pixels by 80 pixels and is stored at www.yourblog.com/blogicon.gif so that any applications can find it. Add your Blogicon to your website and it will show up whenever you comment on Blogstorm and other participating blogs.
Initially I’m using Blogicon to pull peoples avatars into their comments on BlogStorm but the potential applications are huge.
- Blog directories can pull avatars alongside listings
- RSS readers such as Netvibes or Google Reader could use the system
- Aggregators such as Techmeme might want to show blogicons next to stories