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The Top 10 Sphinn Avatars, and why

Because harnesting the power of Sphinn is a useful thing in this industry, I have compiled a top 10 of the best avatars on the social media network. Just like brands are given identities that you can (and must) adapt & optimize, avatars give your blogs and submits a touch of personality which is always a bonus in this virtual world.

Avatars that are successful eye catchers tend to be 2 dimensional. Despite technological improvements, I find that a graphic or comedy avatar will arouse curiosity much more than a simple mugshot from the webcam above your screen. Here are the Top 10 Sphinn avatars:

 1: IncredibleHelp.The combination of the colour (which really pops out), name and connotations associated with the avatar make it irresistible for me to click incrediblehelp’s posts!

  2: Sebastian.The little mermaid’ s crab (not lobster!) also has a colour that gets noticed on the Sphinn background. Again, the fact that everybody else’s avatar is a photo makes this familiar crab stick out from other Sphinn crustaceans. On top of that, he writes good posts…

 3: Lyndon. The combination of 30% of red of the picture, and the serious look on his face makes it hard to not take Lyndon seriously, associating his blog posts with authoritative information.

 4: Fantomaster. Again, the link between the avatar graphic and the blogger’s name reinforces his identity. Who wouldn’t want to get information from a spy?

 5: ViperChill.Simply because everytime I see it, I wonder if Viper is (a) someone that looks incredibly young, or (b) a really funny guy! That made me go to his website a lot, where I found out that Viper writes some really, really good posts.

 6: GotanRaider.The black hat on the avatar will make it hard for any black hat SEO not to read Gotan’s post. He might also get a Sphinn just because other black hats want to associate with him.

 7: TheGyppo. I do not have any solid data about this, but in this industry where there are much more men than women, I am sure an avatar where a female SEO looks semi-nude will get a few more clicks than usually.

 8: Bartimus.I have no idea what this avatar is, either a sock puppet or a Labyrinth character, but it makes me laugh everytime!

 9: Qwerty. Just because that hair is amazing!

 10: MelissaF. Who doesn’t like Yoda??

 Apologies to Skinner who would have been number 11 if this had been a top 11 !

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34 Comments
  • Glen Allsopp on August 30, 2007

    Good way to piss off your feed subscribers ;)

  • Glen Allsopp on August 30, 2007

    Good way to piss off your feed subscribers ;)

  • Sebastian on August 30, 2007

    Thanks :) It works at all places.

  • Sebastian on August 30, 2007

    Thanks :) It works at all places.

  • kelvin newman on August 31, 2007

    I think it’s important to be consistant too and use the same avatar across all the social networks. It surprising how much easier it is to remember an image than a name.

    Who knows maybe at the next SES everyone should wear badges with their image on them.

  • kelvin newman on August 31, 2007

    I think it’s important to be consistant too and use the same avatar across all the social networks. It surprising how much easier it is to remember an image than a name.

    Who knows maybe at the next SES everyone should wear badges with their image on them.

  • Michael Dorausch on August 31, 2007

    Eloi,

    A new area to pursue… Avatar Optimization, make every pixel count!

  • Michael Dorausch on August 31, 2007

    Eloi,

    A new area to pursue… Avatar Optimization, make every pixel count!

  • Eloi on August 31, 2007

    Good avatars are definitly eye-catching on blogging websites where most of the rest of the content is text and link based.
    Having an avatar that (a) catches the eye and (b) gives identity to your posts/message is therefore a good Internet Marketing technique.

  • Eloi on August 31, 2007

    Good avatars are definitly eye-catching on blogging websites where most of the rest of the content is text and link based.
    Having an avatar that (a) catches the eye and (b) gives identity to your posts/message is therefore a good Internet Marketing technique.

  • Zak Nicola on August 31, 2007

    It was something that I put a lot of thought into when I choose mine as well. Being that I am some what new to the scene, I forgive you for not including me in your list.

    Props to the people mentioned on the list. 6 of the 11 are avatars that I have seen several times, and have caused me to go the extra mile to check out, after all, that is the goal to some extent.

    It’s important to note that having a consistent image across the board helps as well. While that may be an obvious statement to some, you would be surprised how often it is over looked.

    It’s important to note that having a consistent image across the board helps as well. While that may be an obvious statement to some, you would be surprised how often it is over looked.

  • Zak Nicola on August 31, 2007

    It was something that I put a lot of thought into when I choose mine as well. Being that I am some what new to the scene, I forgive you for not including me in your list.

    Props to the people mentioned on the list. 6 of the 11 are avatars that I have seen several times, and have caused me to go the extra mile to check out, after all, that is the goal to some extent.

    It’s important to note that having a consistent image across the board helps as well. While that may be an obvious statement to some, you would be surprised how often it is over looked.

    It’s important to note that having a consistent image across the board helps as well. While that may be an obvious statement to some, you would be surprised how often it is over looked.

  • Lyndoman on August 31, 2007

    Whose the ugly bloke on 3?

  • Lyndoman on August 31, 2007

    Whose the ugly bloke on 3?

  • Rhea Drysdale on August 31, 2007

    Bartimus’ avatar appears to be an ostrich… or it could be an emu or a Rhea bird!

  • Rhea Drysdale on August 31, 2007

    Bartimus’ avatar appears to be an ostrich… or it could be an emu or a Rhea bird!

  • Gotan Raider on September 1, 2007

    Can we vote? I vote for Bartimus :)

  • Gotan Raider on September 1, 2007

    Can we vote? I vote for Bartimus :)

  • Eloi on September 3, 2007

    Continue leaving your comments! It seems like Bartimus and Qwerty will go up next season due to increased customer feedback.. Lyndon might also go up… but where ??

  • Eloi on September 3, 2007

    Continue leaving your comments! It seems like Bartimus and Qwerty will go up next season due to increased customer feedback.. Lyndon might also go up… but where ??

  • Kelvin on September 3, 2007

    All this talk is making me feel self aware about my avatar

  • Kelvin on September 3, 2007

    All this talk is making me feel self aware about my avatar

  • Mani Karthik on September 6, 2007

    It’s good to see that people have different tastes. I didn;t quite like the selection but Lyndoman’s one is cool.

  • Mani Karthik on September 6, 2007

    It’s good to see that people have different tastes. I didn;t quite like the selection but Lyndoman’s one is cool.

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