Like I said in my previous post, Commenting: Good v.s. Bad, having an appropriate profile picture is important since it shows up every time you comment on a post. It is also the main way for others to identify you, so your profile picture should be of you or something that represents you, rather a random image you found online.
However, some people may not want to share their personal image, but at the same time want others to recognize them. This is where an avatar comes in handy.
Being one of those people, I created an avatar of me using DoppelMe, a website that specializes in making avatars. To get access to more features, you simply need to sign up by filling out the necessary fields, then wait for the verification email. Through this email, you receive a password that you use to sign in, then you can start creating your personal avatar.
There is a variety of things you can use to customize your avatar, like shoes, hats, tops, hair, and other accessories. You can also change your avatar’s skin color, eye color, and background. With the many options, it becomes easy to create a realistic avatar that resembles you.
This is my avatar. Being a Muslim, I wear a hijab, or headscarf, so I decided to include that in my avatar. My hijab is light blue since that is one of my favorite colors, and I’m wearing a black dress to resemble an abaya. I may not wear an abaya that often, but it is a nice way to present myself as a Muslim.
Aside from clothing, I’ve added a soccer ball and a lightning scar on my forehead. I’ve always been an active person, and soccer is my favorite sport to play and watch, so I thought including a soccer ball would be a good way reflect my personality. I really love reading, and the Harry Potter books are one of my favorite books, so I chose the lightning scar for my accessory.
There were lots of different backgrounds to choose from, so I picked this background since I’m not a morning person and prefer nighttime. If there was a background illustrating a sunset I would have chosen it without second thoughts; I’m in love with the sky, especially when the sun is setting or rising.
However, one improvement this site could make is the accuracy of the color pigments. All the eye color options, like brown and blue, essentially appear as a shade of grey rather than the shade you actually picked. Same with the skin colors; the brown shade appears almost purple, the black as grey, and the lighter skin tones are all deathly white. I had originally chosen a light brown shade for my skin color, but it appeared as blue so I decided on a yellow shade instead. A
Also, you can only chose one accessory, which I found disappointing since I wanted to include a stack of books along with the soccer ball. If I was able to include both of them, the avatar would portray me perfectly.
Overall, DoppelMe is a user- friendly tool that helps you create your own unique avatar, which will make the perfect profile picture. I especially liked that there were cultural accessories available, like hijabs and turbans, which you may not find on other websites. If anyone’s wanting to create an avatar, I recommend you give DoppelMe a try.