At this month’s South Bay Blogger Meeting as well as the Geek Dinner the other night, a hot topic of discussion is the XHTML Friends Network, or XFN. Thanks to Tantek, Matthew and Eric, we have a new and simple way to indicate the relationships between the humans behind the blogs. Simply put:
XFN (XHTML Friends Network) is a simple way to represent human relationships using hyperlinks. In recent years, blogs and blogrolls have become the fastest growing area of the Web. XFN enables web authors to indicate their relationship(s) to the people in their blogrolls simply by adding a ‘rel’ attribute to their tags…
The integration is easy, and the potential is great. I am not necessarily writing off other social networking methods, but XFN seems to be the simplest method. As Tantek put it the other night, why spend time entering all your information into several third party social networking sites when you can do it all on your own site?
I hope you will give XFN a chance so we can see it grow. The best way to test this out is to get everyone to use it… so do it now!