Voki is a free service that allows you to create personalised speaking avatars and use them on your blog, profile, and in email messages.
After a drop down the list last year, Voki maintains its position this year.
Comments from some of those who selected Voki as one of their top tools
A Voki added a je-ne-sais-quoi to my web pages for students, 2013
I used a speaking avatar on my online resume to talk more about my work, 2013