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XFN - The XHTML Friends Network 1.1 introduced the "me" rel value which is used to indicate profile equivalence and for identity-consolidation.


rel="me" is used on hyperlinks from one page about a person to other pages about that same person.

For example, Tantek's home page has (markup simplified)

<a href="" rel="me">@t</a>

And his Twitter profile itself has (markup simplified)

<a href="" rel="me"></a>

Thus establishing a bi-directional rel-me link and confirming that the two URLs represent the same person.

Publishers can use the XFN creator form to create rel-me hyperlinks.

screencast and videos

Watch some short videos:



A simple data portability project or is it rel=me summary by Bob Ngu


RelMeAuth is a proposed open standard for using rel="me" links to profiles on oauth supporting services to authenticate via either those profiles or your own site.

Read more about RelMeAuth and Web sign-in.


Notable Sites:

  • Google uses reciprocal rel=me links for domain verification, which it also uses for independent site rel author support.
  • implements rel-me for officially connecting your domain to your account, as well as publishing rel-me on your site.


WordPress plugins:


Advocating rel=me support can be done a few ways, if a site has:

  • user profiles but no "website" field - ask them to add a "website" field and mark it up with rel=me.
  • a "website" field on profiles - ask it to support publishing rel=me
  • a notion of "verification" or "verified" profiles - ask it to do so via confirming reciprocal rel=me
  • login/sign-in - ask it to support RelMeAuth with a Web sign-in user interface.

Current requests:

examples in the wild

Examples of sites publishing rel=me support, e.g. on user profiles.


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