What is a Favicon? It is a 16x16 pixel image that is shown next to your web page’s title on the tab in browser address bar.
Favicons are usually overlooked, but I think they are a nice touch on a website. I thought that maybe it was just a quirk of mine, but then I read the article “What’s The Point Of Favicons?” by Ray Vellest, and I was glad to find someone shared my enthusiasm for favicons. Ray points out “favicons are very little things, probably the least important bit of a site, but it’s attention to detail that makes a site stand out; and even if it sounds crazy, favicons are very important from a branding point-of-view.”
Favicons aren’t easy to work with because you only get a total of 256 pixels to create a recognizable image. If we take my work headshot and shrink it down to favicon size, this is what you get…
And here is how I look in a favicon image editor:
So how do the favicons of the presidential candidates look? (I tried to keep the more recognizable ones at the end)
Jim Gilmore (His website doesn't appear to have a favicon uploaded)
See how the candidates rank in Marty's Web Presence Presidential Political Poll (MWPPPP), which looks at factors like 404_error pages and 160-character stump speech.