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Huge gravatars

What is worse? The fact that the size of this particular gravatar is well over one megabyte, or that it is a complete Britney Spears video?

I just send this e-mail to Tom Werner of gravatar.com.

Hi Tom,

I just encountered a gravatar in the form of an animated
gif which features an entire Britney Spears videoclip. One
can argue about whether or not a gravatar about Britney
is bad by definition, but in this specific case there can
be little doubt. The file size of the animated gif is well
over one megabyte.


Considering the potential abuse of these huge gravatars
and as a result the annoyance of visitors of website that
use gravatars, it might be best to enforce a maximum
file size.

With regards,


6 Responses to “Huge gravatars”

  1. Philip Withnall wrote on July 20th, 2005 at 6:12 pm

    Agreed. Even with the widespread adoption of broadband, spending time downloading 1MB, just to find it’s a pithy little 80×80 picture of Britney Spears (yuk!) is not good.

  2. Weiran wrote on July 21st, 2005 at 6:22 pm

    Also agreed, I’m surprised there isn’t a file size limit already, and that this has gotten past the mods.

  3. Nat wrote on July 21st, 2005 at 7:27 pm

    Hmm, Im suprised that Tom doesn’t have a way to block large files like this…

  4. Nat wrote on July 21st, 2005 at 7:27 pm

    Also, I love your theme :)

  5. Ben wrote on July 31st, 2005 at 12:48 pm

    I agree, having Britney for a Gratavar is bad enough!, but 1MB!!!

  6. Aaron wrote on September 19th, 2005 at 8:09 am

    Oh, this is hilarious!