Guest/contributor blogger bios that aren’t social – Get with the times

Maybe I’m crazy or not comprehending something but it seems like Gravatar hasn’t kept up with the changing times?? I took screenshots from four contributor/author pages I’ve seen around the web.

(#3 below is mine and shown as an example which is somewhat better than #1 and #2, but not as good as the 4th example.)

Let me ask you: Of the below 4 author boxes, which one seems the most modern?! If you said #1 and #2, I think you need your head examined. Why? Well – They’ve got no social links! And this is the social age. Mine (#3) is tolerable because it’s got some social at the bottom, but LET’S BE REAL – the best of the bunch is #4. Look at how it has neat tabs for the person’s contact info, bio and latest work and it has social media icons. Very modern and attractive, don’t you agree?

I just don’t get how some pages don’t include social. Well, maybe the author didn’t want that. Who knows.
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#1 – Where are the social links!?!?!????

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#2 – Pulls from Gravatar, I believe. I again ask: Where are the social media links??

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#3 – Pulls from Gravatar but at least 2 social links are included, 3 if you count Skype (Look at the bottom part. Likely included manually)

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If you preferred any of the first 3 instead of the final example (shown below), I’d love to know why. The most compact and arguably the best-looking interface is the final one. Take a look!

AND THE WINNER IS…

#4 – Me – On a different site

(Yes #3 above is also me, but it’s from SocialWebCafe. #4 is from GrowMap. I write for different sites. Look carefully and notice that they’re different in structure)

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Look at it again:

  • It has neat tabs for my latest posts and bio
  • You can see the social media icons clearly, in a cluster

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You might’ve noticed – When I host guests here, I don’t use an author box plugin on this site. That’s just my preference.

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