Given a social media user’s username, how do you get a picture of their avatar?
I always used avatars.io – but sadly that service has bitten the dust. So I’ve switched to unavatar.
It’s dead easy to use.
https://unavatar.now.sh/twitter/edent will return @edent’s avatar. You can use GitHub, Facebook, Gravatar, Instagram, Telegram, YouTube, SoundCloud, and a couple of other providers.
Simple to use, and easy to embed in an
It’s also open source and looks pretty easy to deploy if you want to host it yourself.
Why is this needed?
In an ideal world, there would be a standard for where to find a user’s avatar. Possibly a
.well-known resource. Until then, we have to make do with 3rd party services playing intermediary.