AGO or AGOL?

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12-29-2021 08:46 AM
MachielVan
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I often see ArcGIS Online abbreviated in one of two manners: either "AGO" or "AGOL".

Is there any "official" way to write it in short hand? "AGO" makes much more sense to me since "Online" is a single word, but I guess using "G" for "GIS" throws this logic out the window. 

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Katherine_Clark
MVP Regular Contributor

"Potato, Potahto", as far as I know. I've always used AGOL, but it probably just depends on what one was introduced to when they first started learning web GIS. 

ABishop
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I always say AGOL.  "AGO" seems too close the word "ago" to me.

Amanda Bishop, GISP
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I_AM_ERROR
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I've never even considered that the "L" isn't technically needed! I wonder how that started.

Now I'll think about everytime I write out AGOL even though I'll never be able to stop. 

Thanks a lot! 🙂

MachielVan
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BRENNEJM
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In college I knew it as AGOL and when I started my job I switched over to AGO. Using the google search "agol" site:esri.com -site:community.esri.com it looks like the only reference to "AGOL" is in partner documentation and user comments. If we switch up the google search to "ago" site:esri.com -site:community.esri.com we find Esri's ArcGIS Online Assistant whose URL is https://ago-assistant.esri.com/. This does appear to be the only place that Esri actually used an abbreviation for it though.

Going back to google, if we search "agol" site:esri.com we get 20,400 results and "ago" site:esri.com gets 24,500. So while pretty evenly split, it looks AGO might be slightly preferred.