Bloggers use URLs to represent people (was Re: [uf-discuss] XFN and hCards)

Tantek Ç elik tantek at
Thu Dec 22 15:27:08 PST 2005

On 12/22/05 1:58 PM, "David Osolkowski" <qidydl at> wrote:

> In XFN Delusions of Grandeur[1], Jennifer Golbeck argues that XFN isn't
> very useful because it annotates links between web pages, not people.


Unfortunately Jennifer makes the mistake of siding with theoretical
arguments against actual behavior.

Bloggers have conflated people and URLs.  That's the reality.  It's not even
worth time debating theoretical arguments when you can build technologies
based on actual human behaviors, with the exception of arguing them once so
you can simply reference them later.



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