Chinposin 2.0 Starts Friday

So me and James decided to take the summer off Chinposin.  I think we needed the rest. I think we *all* needed the rest.  But while we have been on holiday, the chins have continued to roll in.  Even scaryer is being at a conference and hearing someone shout “Chinpose” whenever someone gets a camera out.  Brings a huge smile to my face.

So back by popular demand this Friday 17th October, Chinposin 2.0 is launched.  Get your avatars ready, and be sure to take chinposin photos and tag them chinposin on flickr.  That’s authority.


October 14, 2008. chinposin. Leave a comment.

Best Chinpose Ever? A Younger @YellowPark

chris the younger

OK So this is a late post, but it deserves capturing on the chinposin blog. This is our lead developer Chris Dalby, aka yellowpark. Last week’s Chinposin theme was A Younger You. It generated some great pictures of the community. But Chris really won with this effort-both a younger him and a younger chin!

July 4, 2008. Tags: . chinposin. Leave a comment.

New avatar standards

Today is the first day for a few weeks that I have released updates to the chinposin platform. Today we implemented a new way for archiving and resizing your images.

If you visit your homepage, like mine, you will see that each avatar now has it’s own embed widget, and there is also an Ambient Avatar widget. Your Ambient Avatar is your current avatar. So if you change your twitter picture, your Ambient Avatar will be updated wherever it is embedded.

Your original image is now downloaded and this image is then used to create a 100 x 100 thumbnail that is used for the widgets. If your original image is smaller than 100 x 100, your widget will look distorted.

The next chinposin release will generate images at the following sizes:

512 x 512, 256 x 256, 128 x 128, 100 x 100, 48 x 48, 32 x 32, 16 x 16.

You will then get the ability to embed any of your images in your avatar timeline, at any of the image sizes, anywhere you want.

This poses a few questions for us technically, but more so for the community. Looking though the growing archive of avatars, it is not common for people to upload images sized as big as 512 x 512. A lot of people upload thumbnail sized images smaller than 100 x 100. So it is clear that avatar standards require a change of thinking for both service operators and users.

So in terms of sizes, always upload the largest image as possible for your twitter picture. This will then give you more flexibility for circulating you image. We will then center and crop and size your image to all the sizes.

We have been planning to implement this for a long time. My only defence is that I have a day job, and until some angels find us, the updates are happening as and when.

May 17, 2008. chinposin. Leave a comment.

Chinposin Goes Al Fresco

When your community does the work you have to respond. So here finally is some chinposin bloggery. The theme for today – al fresco chinposin came from our chief chinvangelist ThinGuy/ChinGuy. And when Andy Scherer jumped in with this beautiful head in the clouds image what could I do… blogged!

For those of you with short memories Andy also gave us this classic image a few weeks back.

The chinposin crew really needs to get those t-shirts done. Your creativity needs rewarding people!

May 16, 2008. Tags: . chinposin. Leave a comment.

3 chins are better than one

vdichev takes chinposin to a whole new level with a triple chin grab pose. There is a great buzz about chinposin today. Thanks for chinposin everyone.


March 14, 2008. chinposin. Leave a comment.

Loudmouthman gets loud on chinposin

So this morning, we have seen the first chinposes on seesmic.  Check out this one from Nicholas Butler AKA @loudmouthman


March 14, 2008. chinposin. Leave a comment.

Loic Le Meur takes it all lying down

This week, the chinerati have been growing.  We have even crossed into the seesmic offices with these great pictures from Dennis Howlett of Loic and VinVin.

March 14, 2008. chinposin. 1 comment.

Join the Chinposin Fan Club on Facebook

So last night I received a tweet from ferdy saying:

A social revolution without a facebook fan clun? chinposin fan club

That was a very good point. We had no Facebook integration. But now, we have a Facebook Group, created by the community, for the community.

I think it’s no secret that we can see the benefits of chinposin and the obvious way that we are integrating obvious features that are lacking elsewhere. We are simply adding stuff that we want ourselves, that we can’t get elsewere and using the sevices and platforms that we prefer.

Expect to see the redmonk chinposin before the end of the week and maybe a couple of others. We have a huge feature list of the elements that we want to intgrate. Ideally, we want the community to drive future features. So make sure you join the conversation over on

March 8, 2008. chinposin. Leave a comment.

ThinGuy Corq Dork Chinposin

ThinGuy is leading the way on flickr with some great chinposes.  He’s also been trying the @chinposin update feature – that’s authority.

March 6, 2008. chinposin. Leave a comment.

What’s next? chinposin with BL Ochman is what

This experiment is keeping me fixed. I can’t put it down. Waking up and seeing new chins and comments is so cool. Today, was this great submission by B.L. Ochman (Blogger, swing dancer, Labradoodle lover, orchid grower. And one of the few people actually born in New York City).

Great comments B.L. It’s why we first dreamed this project up after having spoken about it for years. Reading and seeing this stuff come in warms the cockles of my heart and makes it all worthwhile.

Why do photographers tell you to put your hand on your chin when they do your headshot?

Who knows, But chinposin ponders the question. Follow them on twitter and on the chinposin blog

One cool thing about Ochman joinin’ the chinerati is that neither me or James knows her directly. @gapingvoid acted as root node in this increasingly twitter’d world. 500 emails- do me a favour. 😉

March 4, 2008. chinposin. Leave a comment.

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