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* [[hcard-xfn-supporting-friends-lists#Services_with_XFN_rel.3D.22me.22_to_multiple_external_sites|services supporting XFN rel=me]]
* [[hcard-xfn-supporting-friends-lists#Services_with_XFN_rel.3D.22me.22_to_multiple_external_sites|services supporting XFN rel=me]]
== articles ==
* 2018-04-26 [ Martijn van der Ven]: [ The Real Deal About <code>rel="me"</code>]
== see also ==
== see also ==

Current revision

short URL

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 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

domain verification

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

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:


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

Current requests:

examples in the wild

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



see also

rel="me" was last modified: Thursday, May 3rd, 2018