Speaking of icons, there was a recent post in paidmembers about a new tracking feature, to let you monitor what goes on in other people's LJs. In theory I can see some benefits to that, e.g. if there's an interesting discussion going on in the comments to a post but it gets pushed back a few pages in my list, so it's time consuming to go looking for it. However, I also agree with those who say that it should be possible to opt out of this; I'm not as zealous about privacy about some people I know (i.e. I probably wouldn't bother opting out myself), but it seems like a reasonable compromise. Anyway, the thing which did catch my eye in that announcement was "get notified when a user uploads a new userpic". I don't like to resort to cliches such as "Get a life!", but I really do think there's a tendency for some online communities to disappear up their own arses.
Putting this into context, easterbunny recently suggested a meme for LJ userpics. I didn't bother taking part at the time, because my list basically goes like this:
This was my original userpic, being a photo of me at my computer (two flats ago), via my webcam.
This is my current userpic, being the same as above, but kindly modified by elvum so that I don't "look dead".
I could probably do with a new userpic (susannahf has mentioned that this one makes me look rather gormless), but I'm not very photogenic. If anyone does manage get a decent photo of me, let me know, and I'll see about replacing my current one.
To avoid this post coming across as completely elitist, I should just clarify that I have no objection to people having multiple icons. Come to that, if someone does have a journal where every single post is "Squee! GIP! Here's my new animated icon of Snape, Draco, and Harry!" then it's harmless enough, but I have no interest in reading such a blog. I suspect that the people who have such blogs would probably not be interested in reading mine either, so it all balances out.