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Icons & Avatars - Definition & History


Today, Icons and Avatars are ways that people represent themselves on the internet, mobile phones, and email.  They may represent different parts of an individuals persona, beliefs, or interests.  Nowadays both terms are pretty much used interchangeably.


Avatars have been used in PC games since 1985 and then began appearing in internet forums in the 1990's but it was AOL's Instant Messaging that really got avatars and icon use going.  Now avatars and icons are all over the place:


  • Instant Messaging - Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk, MSN Messenger, & Skype

  • Social Media - like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest

  • Blogs and Forums

Icons and avatars have also made their way into mobile phones and as email signatures.


MyFaceIcons.com makes it easy for you to stand out in a crowd of icons with your own, truly personal cartoon that not only looks like you, but can also incorporate your interests.

If you want some history, read on:


Per Wikipedia - "avatar" derives from the Sanskrit word Avatāra, meaning "incarnation" and usually refers to the deliberate descent of an immortal or divine being into the mortal realm for a special purpose. The term is used primarily in Hindu texts.


Per Wikipedia - an "icon"  (from Greek εἰκών, eikon, "image") is an image, picture, or representation; it is a sign or likeness that stands for an object by signifying or representing it.


Avatar abbreviations: AV, ava, avie, avy, avi, avvie, avis, and avvy.



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