Well whaddaya know. I tried and tried to get my SitePal avatar on my Real Living web site - and can't! Wah! That's the only downside to the site. Otherwise it's easy and fun to work with and has brought me lots of buyers and sellers!
That said, avatars (animated or non-animated characters or images) are increasing exponentially - what used to be just thumbnail photos are now being touted as "avatars" (and I guess they are; I didn't develop the naming convention)... while avatars that can be used to speak by converting text to voice are not so common.
I had a 15 day trial of a SitePal avatar and just loved it. Now I renewed my license purchased last year, and have issued a helpdesk request to see if avatars can be added to my ActiveRain blog. There is a <script> within the code, and the avatar did not display even after I posted the code in HTML. So..... time to wait, and hope.
These are really cool - you can get "skins" where you can glean contact info from interested parties, you can have FAQ's, or have an avatar that even looks and sounds like you (by recording your own voice, then the avatar synchs with your voice). I can't wait to find where I can post it!!!
I also sent a helpdesk request to my company helpdesk (thus the discovery that I can't use the avatar) and to SitePal.
One thing SitePal needs to work on (and I'll let them know this - darn, I am so vocal!!) - their avatar, when doing text-to-speech, reads the word "blog" as "b - l - o - g" - funny, yet I am surprised that word is not in the lexicon for the avatar.
Will keep ya posted.