An avatar is a personalized graphic that represents a person. There are pretty much two types: those used in forum like situations on websites and those used in gaming. I am not a big gamer so I am going to talk about those that are found on websites. A website usually offers a way for you to upload a file to use as an avatar to represent yourself. It could be a real life photo of yourself or just an image that you think represent you or your business. In Hindu mythology, an avatar is a deity that has taken on an earthly form such as a human. Humans have created virtual worlds and the computer avatar represents human incarnation in that world.
People choose different photos and images to represent them on the computer. Some people choose a logo maybe to give them a recognizable brand. Some people choose to use a celebrities photo because maybe they want to remain anonymous or they just simply like that person that much. Others use their own photo as their avatar. I must admit that this is my favorite. I don't take a lot of pictures so when I get a chance to show my face then, I will jump at the chance. I like to see the person that I am interacting with on line. I am talking just a personal amateur picture taken that shows off their face. There are also people who like to create a cartoonish version of themselves as an avatar. The ones that I dislike the most, are the generic avatars that are given to you before you upload yours. I guess hate is a strong word; let's say dislike. I feel it just shows a special kind of laziness (sorry if that is you).
So what is your avatar of and why? And which ones do you like the most? I probably missed a few so just let me know.