People have been asking me lately about my email signature, which looks like this:
Elizabeth (Betsy) Lavolette
MA, Second Language Studies
Each of those little pictures is a link to my page on a social network: MyBlogLog, Flickr, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google Reader Shared Items. Click them and see! My Simpsons-style picture links to my homepage.
I use Gmail, which doesn’t allow you to insert HTML and images into your signature within Gmail itself. It’s possible, though, using the WiseStamp Firefox plugin. In addition to Gmail, it also support AOL, Yahoo, and Hotmail. I originally learned about it from a Lifehacker post, and I’ve been using it very happily since then.
WiseStamp gives you an easy way to link to your social networks and websites within your signature, just by clicking check boxes and entering your user names. It also lets you just write the HTML yourself, as in my signature. This gives you the flexibility to design your signature’s look and add in whatever you want.
Because WiseStamp is a Firefox plugin, you have to install it on each computer that you use, and it will only be added to your messages if you’re using Firefox.