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XFN 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 GitHub 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 (archived) rel=me summary by Bob Ngu

domain verification

rel=me is the standard way to check that a website belongs to a user on a 3rd party site.

  • read a user's website that they entered into their 3rd party site profile
  • check for a rel=me hyperlink from their website to their 3rd party site profile
  • if such a rel=me hyperlink is found, then the user has proven that they control that personal website sufficient to put a link back to their 3rd party site profile, and thus domain verification succeeds.

If you're the implementer of such a 3rd party site with user profiles, implement the above to implement a personal website domain verification feature.


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.

In short it is a combination of domain verification as documented above, and OAuth authorization on the 3rd party site that the user's domain links to.

Read more about how to implement RelMeAuth and web sign-in.


Notable Sites:


WordPress plugins:

past implementations

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


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:


The sections below this need to be updated (e.g. links verified, and deadlinks replaced with Internet Archive versions)

examples in the wild

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



see also