In yesterdays blog (how to display images in Google mail), I mentioned the excellent Blank Canvas Gmail Signature FireFox Add-on (wow that’s a mouthful 😉 ) which allows rich text html style signatures to be appended to emails from within Google email.
I was surprised to find a couple of private mails this morning asking how I created the Facebook graphic that I used in the example. It’s always nice to know that people out there in inter-web-superhighway-land actually read any of my inane ramblings and I’m glad to say that the Facebook Signature Badges are easy to setup and gives a great looking result for your private mails.
GMAIL (Google Mail) lets you used advanvced HTML signatures in your email with this Firefox addin.
So, if you want to create a Facebook style signature graphic for your email signature you need to:
It just doesn’t get any simpler than that.
Heres a really simple badge setup in Facebook, then the code simply copied straight into the Firefox BC addon. Your signatureo will apear like this and include the latest photos uploaded to Faacebook:
Now, with a basic knowledge of HTML you can edit the source code to include any extra bits you wish.
My html source code for the gmail signature (including my contact info, twitter, linkedin, Facebook and random other stuff that nobody but me cares about 😉 ) looks like this:
<blockquote style="margin: 2em 0pt;"> <p style="font-family: tahoma,verdana,arial,sans-serif; font-size: 11px; font-variant: normal; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; color: rgb(59, 89, 152); text-decoration: none;"> <b>Nick Litten</b.</br> IBM i Developer & IT Consultant<br /> <br> <a title="i think therefore i projex" href="/" target="_blank">projex</a> | <a title="email me" href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org" target="_blank">email</a> | <a title="Nick Littens Personal Contact Information" href="/aboutme" target="_blank">profile</a> | <a title="Call me on the Dog and Bone" href="skype:nick.litten?call">skype</a> | <a title="Facebook Me" href="http://www.facebook.com/Nick.Litten" target="_blank">facebook</a> | <a title="Linkedin Professional Resume" href="http://www.linkedin.com/in/nicklitten" target="_blank">linkedin</a> | <a title="Twit Twit Tweet!" href="http://twitter.com/finkpad" target="_blank">twitter</a><br> <a title="title" href="http://www.facebook.com/Nick.Litten" target="_blank"><img style="border: 0px none ;" alt="Nick Litten's Facebook Profile" src="http://badge.facebook.com/badge/684608339.541.1046597578.png" </a></p> </blockquote>
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Of course, by logging into facebook and updating your Badge Info (against your profile) then your email signature will automatically change in GMAIL. I think it’s a funky alternative to the standard email signoffs…
– Hope it helps!
IBM i Software Developer, Digital Dad, AS400 Anarchist, RPG Modernizer, Alpha Nerd and Passionate Eater of Cheese and Biscuits. Nick Litten Dot Com is a mixture of blog posts that can be sometimes serious, frequently playful and probably down-right pointless all in the space of a day. Enjoy your stay, feel free to comment and in the words of the most interesting man in the world: Stay thirsty my friend.
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