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
Mar 26th at 5:18 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.
Mar 26th at 5:21 am
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.
Mar 26th at 5:26 am
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?????
Mar 26th at 5:35 am
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!
Mar 26th at 5:46 am
Lol, yeah… this is more like it I’ve been waiting for this
Mar 26th at 5:48 am
This is a very neat and clean feature
Mar 26th at 5:55 am
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.”)
Mar 26th at 5:58 am
Yes…! I think this is really cool and GREAT…!
Mar 26th at 6:07 am
Much welcome feature. Thank you guys!
Mar 26th at 6:19 am
But is there any plan to add OAuth API for gravatar?
Mar 26th at 6:23 am
Great! You’ve been waiting for a very long time now. – What about social networking?
Mar 26th at 6:37 am
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.
Mar 26th at 6:40 am
LinkedIn: “An Authorization Token was not supplied”
Mar 26th at 6:46 am
This looks like a really interesting feature, thanks
Mar 26th at 6:53 am
Mar 26th at 6:59 am
what a lovely feature… keep working
Mar 26th at 7:16 am
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.
Mar 26th at 7:57 am
Mar 26th at 8:16 am
The profiles are so clean. Love them.
Mar 26th at 8:58 am
That sounds great can’t wait to get started!!
Mar 26th at 9:33 am
Thanks, Beau, LinkedIn works fine now.
Mar 26th at 9:44 am
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.
Mar 26th at 10:00 am
Hello from Ukraine !
Yes, the very good feature, thank you for it.
Sincere wishes to you,
Mar 26th at 10:46 am
So, will this eventually replace the (rather lame) profiles that are linked to in the forums?
Mar 26th at 10:47 am
Great! It was something, definitely missing at WP.
Mar 26th at 11:47 am
Powerful addition. So much activity stalking!
Mar 26th at 11:47 am
Wow, so cool. I love the clean look of the profiles and the profile feature. I’m going to check it out now!
Mar 26th at 12:19 pm
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.
Mar 26th at 12:34 pm
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?
Mar 26th at 12:39 pm
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?
Mar 26th at 1:00 pm
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/
Mar 26th at 1:17 pm
super nice … thx!
Mar 26th at 1:35 pm
This is awesome! FINALLY!
Mar 26th at 3:01 pm
Beau – Cool addition
How soon do you plan to make these profiles public?
Mar 26th at 3:35 pm
Can i have Traditional Chinese characters in the profile?
i find that the gravatar profile can’t display chinese.
Mar 26th at 3:45 pm
thanks for this guys.
Mar 26th at 4:02 pm
Pretty cool, just like more standarized About page, I like it and waiting for going public.
Mar 26th at 4:57 pm
Mar 26th at 6:29 pm
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?
Mar 26th at 7:56 pm
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.
Mar 26th at 10:21 pm
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.
Mar 26th at 10:44 pm
What an awesome new feature! I’m off to update my profile! Thanks so much, WP.
Mar 26th at 11:14 pm
Mar 27th at 12:39 am
such a great features!
thanks for this!
Mar 27th at 1:14 am
More support to WordPress’s elbow.
Mar 27th at 3:20 am
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!
Mar 27th at 8:35 am
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
Mar 27th at 12:37 pm
WOW! I like it! :))
Mar 27th at 3:01 pm
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.
Mar 27th at 4:48 pm
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.
Mar 27th at 5:02 pm
Mar 27th at 7:12 pm
A most novel feature!
Mar 27th at 7:47 pm
Thanks! I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with. I really like this idea.
Mar 28th at 4:55 am
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.
Mar 28th at 5:16 pm
Mar 28th at 11:02 pm
Mar 29th at 12:30 am
OK. I’ll try to my blog. Thx
Mar 29th at 1:40 am
Interesting feature. Perhaps I’ll use it.
Mar 29th at 6:03 pm
Just updated mines, hopefully my other fellas will do the same….thanks for posting
Mar 29th at 7:07 pm
Mar 30th at 3:58 am
Will do .. !!!
Mar 30th at 12:50 pm
This is great! WordPress has been needing a feature like this for a while. Thanks!
Mar 30th at 8:37 pm
That’s wonderful. God bless all.
Mar 31st at 3:51 am
WOW! I like it!
Mar 31st at 2:31 pm
I love Gravatar!
Apr 1st at 1:10 pm
Love how easy this works!
Apr 1st at 11:10 pm
THANKS I HEART THIS FEATURE!!!! *HUGS*
Apr 3rd at 7:52 pm
Good idea, WordPress is getting better. Any chance we can have more themes?!
Apr 4th at 3:03 pm
Apr 6th at 12:31 am
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