Tag Archives: xfn

Aliens and Social Bots

  • If NASA really knew about aliens, wouldn’t publicizing it be the best way to solve their chronic budget problems? # (comments at LiveJournal)
  • Amazing how many “people” are sending Facebook messages to the postmaster account, offering helpful links to resources for improving uptime. #
  • Google’s Social Graph thinks I own Cute Overload. It seems to treat all LiveJournal syndication feeds as one profile, & I linked to K2R’s LJ feed with XFN. #

XFN Updated

A new version of XFN has been released, with a few changes and a few new attributes. (XFN, the “XHTML Friends Network” is a simple way of adding information to a link to indicate your relationship to that person.)

New relationship types include kin and contact, expanding the family and friendship dimensions, and me. The primary reason to add me seems to involve linking together profiles at multiple social networking sites – Friendster, Orkut, etc., but it brings up an interesting question:

How do you handle a site run by more than one person? We’ve had XFN info on this page since sometime last year, and it’s worked, because we share mostly the same circle of friends. But we also have links to our individual websites. Should these both be marked “me?” Presumably not, since the separate sites wouldn’t represent the same person. Perhaps something to consider for XFN 1.2?