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WebFinger Link Relations

This page enumerates commonly used link relation values used with the WebFinger protocol. There is also a companion page that enumerates popular WebFinger Properties.

WebFinger Link Relations
Link Reation Description
acct This link relation allows one WebFinger account to point to another, thus allowing incorporation of additional link relations by reference
http://microformats.org/profile/hcard Refers to the person's hCard
http://openid.net/specs/connect/1.0/issuer OpenID Connect Issuer (see: http://openid.net/specs/openid-connect-discovery-1_0.html#ProviderDisc)
http://ostatus.org/schema/1.0/subscribe Defined in http://ostatus.org/sites/default/files/ostatus-1.0-draft-2-specification.html and used by ostatus SN federation protocol to indicate the endpoint to use for initiating a subscription on the user's subscription server
http://packetizer.com/rel/blog Refers to a person's blog
http://packetizer.com/rel/businesscard This refers to a person's business card, such as a vCard as documented in RFC 6350 or xCard as documented in RFC 6351
http://packetizer.com/rel/imap-server Refers to an IMAP server (for mail configuration)
http://packetizer.com/rel/pop-server Refers to a POP server (for mail configuration)
http://packetizer.com/rel/share Refers to a web site that contains a list of files shared by the user
http://packetizer.com/rel/smtp-server Refers to an SMTP server (for mail configuration)
http://packetizer.com/rel/xmpp-server Refers to an XMPP server (for XMPP client configuration)
http://portablecontacts.net/spec/1.0 This refers to a person's contact list (portable contacts)
http://portablecontacts.net/spec/1.0#me This refers to a the specific person in the person's contact list (portable contacts)
http://salmon-protocol.org/ns/magic-key Defined in http://salmon-protocol.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/draft-panzer-magicsig-01.html and used by Salmon protocol in XRD documents to provide the user's public key for sending messages targeting that user
http://schemas.google.com/g/2010#updates-from Refers to a URL where one can get "updates" related to a user, usually in the form of a ATOM or RSS feed that might be populated using a microblog or blogging service
http://specs.openid.net/auth/2.0/provider This refers to a person's OpenID identity URI, not the OpenID provider as the name suggessts. Web sites that support OpenID could accept names like bob@example.com, perform a query for acct:bob@example.com, then use the href associated with this link relation as the OpenID identifier the user would normally enter.
http://webfinger.net/rel/avatar This refers to a person's avatar and may be in any standard image format (e.g., PNG, JPEG, GIF)
http://webfinger.net/rel/profile-page Provides a pointer to the user's profile page
hub Defined in http://pubsubhubbub.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/pubsubhubbub-core-0.3.html and used to indicate the hub where to subscribe to for user feeds
lrdd Link-based Resource Descriptor Documents (LRDD, pronounced 'lard') is a resource template defined in RFC 6415 that contains link relations specific to a user (i.e., usually where all of the link relations described on this page are found)
salmon Defined in http://salmon-protocol.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/draft-panzer-salmon-00.html and used by Salmon protocol in XRD documents to provide the user's Salmon endpoint where to send messages targeting that user

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