microformats.org turns 2

It’s been two years since we threw the switch and launched microformats.org. In year two the community has accomplished some incredible results. So many that I can’t hope to list them all. You’ll just have to check the wiki changes for yourself ;) Here are five (mostly quite recent) items of note from the past year:

Mozilla plugin iconThe Operator Firefox Extension by Michael Kaply. If you haven’t already, download and install Operator into your Firefox browser ASAP. If you don’t have Firefox, go get it. Operator, simply put, is perhaps one of the (if not the) best ways to view, study, use, and test the microformats that you find on numerous sites and author yourself.

Microformats book cover“Microformats” book published. The first full book on Microformats, written by microformats community member John Allsopp, was published and extremely well received.

Hundreds of millions published. According to Ben West of Alexa over 450 million microformatted pieces of information have been published on the Web. Caveat: that does include mostly rel-help, which itself is in HTML4.01 so it’s not really a microformat. Thus we round down to the imprecise “hundreds of millions”.

Satisfaction Inc. hCard import screen First hCard profile import implemented! Mere days ago, Satisfaction Inc. implemented a really nice user interface for signing up (screenshot) that lets you pick your existing hCard-supporting profile on sites like Cork’d, Last FM, Flickr, Technorati, Twitter, Yedda etc. to fill out such basics as your name, your user icon, and URL.

Dopplr friends import screen First XFN+hCard social network import implemented! Mere hours ago, maybe a day ago, Dopplr.com, a currently invite-only travelplan sharing site, implemented the ability to import your contacts from any other site that publishes your contact list with hCard for the people and XFN for your relationship(s) to them, instead of having to manually find and re-add everyone to yet another site. Here is a screenshot of the results.

Well done everyone!

I’m truly looking forward to seeing what we get done in year number three.

See also: Chris Casciano’s post: Microformats Hit 2, Entering Maturity.

14 Responses to “microformats.org turns 2”

  1. microformats.dk » Vi hejser flaget :

    […] I dag for 2 år siden gik Microformats.org i luften. Stort tillykke! samt ikke mindst til alle de personer/webudviklere/bloggere der har taget de forskellige typer af microformats til sig. Uden dem er arbejdet Microformats.org laver ligegyldigt. Så dette er også en hilsen til danske Mangospot og MitKBH for hReview af alle deres anmeldelser. Overskrift.dk skal heller ikke glemmes for deres tagspace til understøttelse af microformattet rel-tag. […]

    June 21st, 2007 at 2:02 am

  2. Blog posible » Blog Archive » 2 años de microformats.org :

    […] En microformats.org turn 2, no nos vamos a encontrar una tarta con dos velitas para celebrar los dos años de esta iniciativa… tan sólo alguno de los hechos destacados como son el tener un libro sobre microformatos, diversas aplicaciones con los microformatos, la gran difusión de los microformatos… […]

    June 21st, 2007 at 4:24 am

  3. Microformats turn 2 « Some French Guy :

    […] Microformats turn 2 The microformats blog is celebrating with an entry that points to resources and interesting news. The hCard profile import is particularly interesting and should be of note to all those studying social networks like Facebook and Myspace. […]

    June 21st, 2007 at 10:01 am

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  5. Taka :

    Congratulations on the birthday and all you’ve achieved to date.

    I thought I’d drop you a line to tell you about the work we’ve been doing with microformats in the Awasu feed reader (apologies for posting this here but there doesn’t seem to be any way of emailing you). AFAIK, no-one else is doing the kind of things we are wrt adding support for microformats in RSS and Atom feeds.

    The easiest way to check it out is to look at a demo feed using lots of different microformats and screenshots of how Awasu has extracted it all and presented it to the user:


    More info here:


    June 22nd, 2007 at 2:49 am

  6. microformatique - a blog about microformats and “data at the edges” : Happy birthday microformats.org :

    […] You can read roundups by Tantek Çelik over at microformats.org and Chris Casciano at his blog, while Tantek also has some thoughts about what lies ahead at his blog. […]

    June 22nd, 2007 at 4:22 pm

  7. Mattia Rigo :

    Hi there!
    I’m an italian student of Informatic at the “Ca’ Foscari” University of Venice and I developed an online vCard2hCard converter, it’s only a scratch for the moment, but it seems to work!
    I leave my email address for more information or if you’re interested for improve my application…


    June 25th, 2007 at 5:49 am

  8. Hyperconnectivity and the Semantic web at Michael Specht - discussions on HR and technology :

    […] For us to have communication enabled applications, and the semantic web, I also see that we need more support for Microformats and other tools that are designed for humans first and machines second, and above all are simple! These tools will allow for more inter application and device communication. (Microformats is a little project that has been going now for 2 years and is finally gaining momentum with some great example of microformat implementations.) […]

    June 29th, 2007 at 12:11 am

  9. Anton :

    First off, congrats on the birthday and long live microformats!
    I’m currently developing a new wiki… er… let it be system, and one of the goals I set to achieve is to use microformats to the full.


    Here’s just one example of how it will be used out there.

    July 26th, 2007 at 9:24 am

  10. PatrickD :

    Hi there i would be interested what you guys think of COinS (http://ocoins.info/) and if you would like to implement it into the blog (see: http://www.bibliothek2null.de/2007/08/01/support-zotero-with-wordpress-en/)

    The principles of COinS are very similar to microformats.

    August 5th, 2007 at 8:03 am

  11. Ionut Parausanu :

    Hi, this is a translation for XFW Creator 1.1 – http://www.ibb.ro/xfn/creator.htm (wrote about it here: http://www.ibb.ro/xfn/creator-xfn-11-in-limba-romana/)

    Can you add it to the list please ?

    August 25th, 2007 at 7:30 am

  12. //dopefreshtightblog :

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    August 27th, 2007 at 6:09 am

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