[uf-discuss] XFN is getting smoked by FOAF
davidjanes at blogmatrix.com
Tue Mar 11 05:59:32 PST 2008
Weird -- I was just doing the same research and came up with somewhat
different conclusion! Sorry for the formatting here -- just cut and
paste from a spreadsheet. I'll have a look at your list though to
include in my master ;-)
Digg Custom, hCard
Ma.gnol.ia XFN, hCard
MSN Spaces a mess
Tumblr No export
On Tue, Mar 11, 2008 at 8:32 AM, Costello, Roger L. <costello at mitre.org> wrote:
> Hi Folks,
> I have been doing some digging into social networks that use XFN vice
> Thus far, the only social network that I have found which uses XFN is
> metafilter.com For an example, see:
> http://www.metafilter.com/usercontacts/292 Thanks Scott Reynen for
> pointing me to it.
> Supposedly WordPress.com uses XFN but I have not been able to
> demonstrate this (I have an account on WordPress and have tried
> repeatedly to demonstrate the use of XFN but to no avail).
> Conversely, I discovered that FOAF is used by many social networks.
> Here is a list of 28 social networks that use FOAF:
> Here's an example of the use of FOAF on livejournal.com
> http://danbri.livejournal.com/data/foaf (View >> Page Source to see the
> actual FOAF document)
> Another thing that I have discovered is that the relationship
> information provided by FOAF is just "knows", e.g. Alice knows Bob.
> XFN, on the other hand, has a rich set of relationship information,
> e.g. Alice is a friend, co-worker, neighbor, and kin of Bob.
> Furthermore, XFN is a much lighter-weight approach (just add the
> relationship onto a link) than FOAF (create a complex RDF document).
> So it would seem that XFN provides a richer and lighter-weight set of
> information and would be a better choice for social networks.
> WHY IS THERE SUCH LITTLE USE OF XFN BY SOCIAL NETWORKS?
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