We’ve always sort-of had profiles here on WordPress.com — you probably remember giving your name and such when you first signed up for WordPress.com — but they’ve always been a little lame. You’d see your information when you wrote comments, or with some themes, or on the forums. Such basic functionality worked, but you guys have been asking for richer profiles that showed a bit more personality and were as easy and ubiquitous as your Gravatar.
What if your Gravatar wasn’t just an image that showed up when you comment, but you could attach more of yourself to it to better represent your style, flair, and personality not just with more photos but with links to all the cool stuff you’re doing around the web.
That’s what Gravatar profiles are, and they’re now live to the world and easy to edit right inside your dashboard.
We’re continuing the tradition of complete openness and transparency that Gravatar (and WordPress) has been known for, so nothing you put into your profile will be locked behind proprietary APIs or a scary terms of service — what you choose to share in your profile will be open to the world.
You’ll find some cool features on the new profiles: you can have a gallery of your favorite photos, add a variety of contact methods, and link your other profiles. Every linked account is verified so you know it’s not an impostor, and we also might be able to do cool stuff in the future like aggregate your content or update your avatar in multiple places when you update Gravatar.
While we’re all getting familiar with this new system, you will only be able to view your own profile on Gravatar.com, so you’ll have a bit of time to spruce it up before we’re out of beta. Check out this handsome fellow:
To edit your profile on WordPress.com just click this link. From there you can edit all of your information to build out your profile. Some of the links will go through to Gravatar.com, since that is the engine behind all of this, and you can also go edit it on Gravatar.com instead, it’s the same thing.
Personal settings and options now have their own page in the “Personal Settings” sidebar menu under “Users” in your dashboard.
Profiles will become public for everyone soon so make sure to check yours out and update it to include (or leave out) exactly what you want. If you remove all information from your profile, then other people will only be able to see your Gravatar, just like right now.
- Mar 26, 2010 @ 4:20 am
It’d be nice to be able to change the picture size, too. Even on my 1280×1024 monitor the photo takes up all the screen. It’s a bit much.
And no spam protection on e-mail addresses… and adding websites is booby trapped with an extra “http://” which you can’t see but which magically appears as soon as you paste something into the box, but you don’t see that because the caret is at the end of what you’ve pasted… and there’s no edit of what’s already there.
This feature will be really ace, but it needs a little bit of polish doesn’t it.
Wow! I was wondering where those profiles were. It’s like 1/2 way built or something now, so I knew they were coming. Thanks for this!!! How can we thank you enough?????
Pretty cool! I’m glad that it’s customized so you can give out or hide as much info as you want. WP service as always!
Lol, yeah… this is more like it :) I’ve been waiting for this
This is a very neat and clean feature
Can’t we write our profiles in our own language? (Unicode?)
This is my name after saving profile:
(It used to be “علی د.ب.”)
Yes…! I think this is really cool and GREAT…!
Much welcome feature. Thank you guys!
But is there any plan to add OAuth API for gravatar?
Great! You’ve been waiting for a very long time now. – What about social networking?
Thanks but no thanks.
While this feature may be fine for many of your customers, I would hasten to point out that in volatile political times such as we’re going through now, it might be advisable for those of us involved in politically oriented blogs to release as little about ourselves as possible. There are extremists on both sides of the political picture and the last thing I want someone whose politics is 180 degrees from mine, is for that person to know how to get in touch with me and what I look like. Especially when I have no idea what he or she looks like. Thanks, but that’s one advantage I prefer not to give up. That’s an invitation to disaster.
LinkedIn: “An Authorization Token was not supplied”
This looks like a really interesting feature, thanks :)
what a lovely feature… keep working :D
Just some feedback for some features:
For those of us who have more than one Twitter account, it would be nice to be able to add them. I have 2 very different businesses and have them separate.
I found it a little ironic that I was in WordPress and had to tell it who I am in WordPress. :)
Thank you! :)
The profiles are so clean. Love them.
That sounds great can’t wait to get started!!
Thanks, Beau, LinkedIn works fine now.
Just bear in mind, folks – publishing your contact details would be a seriously bad idea – unless you’re addicted to spam and want to attract the attention of every psycho out there.
Heed, too, the comments from Gerry Ashley, above, and don’t just dive into this blindly.
Hello from Ukraine !
Yes, the very good feature, thank you for it.
Sincere wishes to you,
So, will this eventually replace the (rather lame) profiles that are linked to in the forums?
Great! It was something, definitely missing at WP.
Powerful addition. So much activity stalking!
Wow, so cool. I love the clean look of the profiles and the profile feature. I’m going to check it out now!
according to @gerry ashley i’m not fully happy with that kind of features. maybe most of us/you love spreading personal details around the web – i don’t. the more ‘linking to’-platforms develops, the more i have to take care of and to look after. i’m really dreaming of one single application that allows to control all my connections (sort of one-for-all remote control), but this will have to stay a dream, i presume. :(
I like this! But, my gravatar image is pretty low res because for a gravatar it doesn’t need to be big. But, then when it posts on the profile page it’s enlarged to the point of pixellation. Any way to change the size that displays or assign an image other than the actual gravatar to be the large paper-clipped one on the profile page?
Hi: I do have a question which I hope isn’t inappropriate. A few years ago, I published several web-sites through a different web-host. My contact info was included on my sites. Over time, I actually received many thousands of internet-attacks through my e-mail account. Has your technology made this former threat null and irrelevant? I hope so. Is it reasonably safe to include my e-mail address in my profile?
Thanks Matt for mentioning Global Voices Advocacy here, really appreciated! By the way, you can check out our last project “Threatened Voices” that maps the suppression of online free speech, especially towards political bloggers. http://threatened.globalvoicesonline.org/
super nice … thx! :)
This is awesome! FINALLY!
Beau – Cool addition
How soon do you plan to make these profiles public?
Can i have Traditional Chinese characters in the profile?
i find that the gravatar profile can’t display chinese.
thanks for this guys. :D
Pretty cool, just like more standarized About page, I like it and waiting for going public.
This is really cool, but the only suggestion I would add is to give us a shortened url of the link to our public profile in order to make it “friendlier” to outsiders.
Example: Everyone recognizes @Twitter means twitter.com/twitter, and Facebook has a shortened URL for users which is fb.me/username
I was wondering if something similar could be used for Gravatar?
You need a bigger warning of this, I just saw a little note once that was replaced with some other announcement when I paged back to read it again, then it took a while to find this out.
> we’re very aware that a lot of folks don’t want even their real name being published.
Good so far.
> Once it looks like the majority of people have made any changes they wanted to make, we’ll open things up.
Wrong. This is very wrong. You should _invite_ people to _opt_in_ to having their personal information published.
Don’t do it to everybody as soon as it “looks like a majority” has noticed it’s going to happen.
Always: default to “opt in” not “opt out” and especially “opt out after we surprise you.”
Please. It’s a big world.
Lots of your customers might be put at risk if you make their personal information public without their specific OK.
WordPress isn’t alone in this – but why do you want Gravatar to “upload, edit and replace photos” on Flickr? It seems to me to be an unnecessary security hole – external services should only have access to the minimum set of functions.
What an awesome new feature! I’m off to update my profile! Thanks so much, WP.
such a great features!
thanks for this!
More support to WordPress’s elbow.
I’ve tried the feature and I can honestly say that I hate it! It takes forever for the Gravatar page to load and it keeps trying to close done my window. I prefer the old, easier profiles. I feel sad to see them go, for this! :cry:
It would be great if we could rearrange the order item appear, for instance, which picture shows up first or which website is listed first. Right now to change them you basically have to delete it and then re-add them in the order you want. Otherwise, great work, and I can’t wait to see the future of WordPress/Gravatar/Automattic as a social network that spans across multiple independent sites :)
WOW! I like it! :))
I loved this idea so much in 2008 I started a blog about it. I didn’t keep up with the blog because I felt as though I’d exhausted the topic after a few short posts detailing a hypothetical scenario of establishing social connections between consumers and producers of online content.
This is a Facebook-killer.
Are you guys behind Gravatar? Because what I’d like is a way to turn G. off or on on-the-fly, for privacy reasons. The lack of ability to do that is why I stopped using G.
A most novel feature!
Thanks! I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with. I really like this idea.
Great WordPress news. I do love more personalized G. Great feature to show the world that we are exist and easier for someone out there to see us as a unique blogger. I can’t wait for aggregate feature coming.
Fantastic idea!! :)
OK. I’ll try to my blog. Thx
Interesting feature. Perhaps I’ll use it.
Just updated mines, hopefully my other fellas will do the same….thanks for posting
Will do .. !!!
This is great! WordPress has been needing a feature like this for a while. :) Thanks!
That’s wonderful. God bless all.
WOW! I like it!
I love Gravatar!
Love how easy this works!
:D :D THANKS I HEART THIS FEATURE!!!! *HUGS*
Good idea, WordPress is getting better. Any chance we can have more themes?! :)
Oooh, I like this feature! I would definitely use it. Unfortunately, I think I’m too lazy to even bother doing it. Maybe I’ll attempt making a profile later. xD