[uf-discuss] XFN for email addresses?

Charles Iliya Krempeaux supercanadian at gmail.com
Tue Jun 12 20:31:33 PDT 2007

Hello Chris,

Going off on sort of a separate tangent... have considered combining
hCards with XFN?

hCards let you mark all sorts of contact info... including e-mails.
While XFN lets you show relations between people.

See ya

    Charles Iliya Krempeaux, B.Sc. <http://ChangeLog.ca/>

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On 6/12/07, Chris Messina <chris.messina at gmail.com> wrote:
> While I've resisted the temptation so far, it does seem that, in order
> to build a relevant and useful cross-social networking tool -- I need
> a way to use email addresses as well as URLs to identify people. In
> particular, you'll notice that most social networks currently (and
> unfortunately) ask you to login to your webmail accounts (Gmail,
> Yahoo, Hotmail, etc) to discover whether your contacts are already on
> the site and if not, to invite them via email. Clearly without a
> widespread way to message people via their URLs, this is the only
> reliable method to invite people to join whatever the latest social
> network is.
> I'm not here to critique the behavior but instead to recognize what
> the market currently accepts and treats as acceptable.
> I created a simple XFN aggregating application, it occurs to me that
> adding email addresses, both for the purpose of rel-me links and for
> contact links is actually useful and something that should be
> supported in XFN (it's currently not clear whether this is acceptable
> or not; I'm making the case that it should be).
> Therefore, this:
> <a href="mailto:buddy at foo.com" rel="contact">Buddy</a>
> should be as acceptable as this:
> <a href="http://foo.com/buddy" rel="contact">Buddy</a>
> And, on http://foo.com/buddy, this should be permissible:
> <a href="mailto:buddy at foo.com" rel="me">Buddy</a>
> Clearly the biggest issue I see with this scheme is the inability to
> link out *from* the email address. However, I'm not sure that this
> case nullifies the utility of such links.
> Thoughts are welcome.
> Chris
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