I was on the quest the other day to add a link to my Twitter in my signature, so people would easily be able to follow me. Unable to do that (using GMail), I did some Googling and came up with a much better solution. Instead of now having four lines of text (not my actual signature BTW):
I now have this:
The four icons at the bottom lead to my blog (you’re on it), Twitter (why aren’t you following me?), Facebook, and LinkedIn. What started off as a search for a hyperlink lead to a full signature upgrade. If you are looking to upgrade your signature and make something like mine, here’s how to do it (via Advocable):
- Install the Blank Canvas Gmail Signatures script (must be using Firefox with Greasemonkey).
- Follow the instructions for the script in the left pane of GMail, underneath Chat.
- Use an online HTML WYSIWYG editor to make your signature. Paste the HTML into the “Edit Signature” box in GMail.
- Send yourself a test email. My signature looks double spaced when I made it in the editor, but shows up as single spaced to recipients. You want to make sure your recipients can read your signature after all!
- If you plan on using images, make sure you label all the images with an alternate text.
Here’s the image from Advocable that inspired my own signature:
And here is what the signature would look like if images aren’t supported by the email client (why it’s important to have alternate text):
If you need more instruction, check out the how-to here. And make sure you keep your signature professional and easy-to read.
Bonus points for anyone that notices the joke/reference on the page…