How do shapefiles behave in ArcGIS Online?

Discussion created by timothieb on Mar 19, 2013
Latest reply on Mar 20, 2013 by mminami-esristaff
I am trying to work out how shapefiles behave in ArcGIS Online....

Scenario 1
If I add a zipped shapefile to My Contents, i.e. push it to the cloud, I am not able to add this to a map. Only once it has been published as a hosted service it is accessible to me in an ArcGIS Online web map. Correct?

Scenario 2
If I am in the default web map and bring in a zipped shapefile stored locally on my computer using "add layer from file" - I can save this map with the shapefile in it. As far as I can tell this shapefile is now in the cloud because if I delete the source file on my computer, I can still see it in the map. Does this mean the shapefile is now a hosted service? I do not see a shapefile or published feature service in 'my contents'?

Can anyone shed any light on this for me?