Your ArcGIS Online user profile is how the rest of the world learns about you. It’s also a yardstick for measuring the value and veracity of your shared items and groups. So it’s a good idea, and best practice, to show your best profile if you want others to consider your content seriously. Don’t let your profile look like this – be somebody!
After getting your account one of the first things you should do is create a good profile. After signing up you you’ll be presented with your current account information (blank by default). Click Edit my profile to make your changes.
A good profile includes pertinent information about you, or the group or organization the profile represents. Things to consider including in your profile are a good thumbnail, some information about you, your roles and responsibilities (if appropriate), and contact information. Here’s an example from a colleague:
Here’s another example, less verbose than the one above, but note that a link to the user’s online bio is included:
When you share items on behalf of a company or organization you may want the organization to be the recognized source instead of yourself, or some other individual. In that case you can create an account for the organization and use that profile, instead of a personal one, to share the organization’s items.
Here’s an example from the Conservation Biology Institute. Note the link to the full profile.
Here’s another example from the Montana Department of Natural Resources. Note the official logo, contact information, bio, and link to the organization’s website.
You can edit and update your profile at any time, so it’s never too late to put your best profile forward. By doing so you’re letting others know who you are or who you represent, and offer context for others who may want to use your shared items.
For more information view the Managing your profile help topic.