So I was creating a blogroll today here. I’m not entirely sure what a blogroll really is, so I renamed it “blogs I read” because it seems like they’re close enough for me. In the course of doing that, there was this funny little section of the page to add links labeled “link relationship (xfn).” It looks like this:


Yeah, I didn’t know what it was either. So I follow the link the screenshot shows and I found this:


And I think this is fantastic. I hear a lot about how the internet is separating everyone and making us all more disconnected. And yet this connects people who use the internet and link to each other. This type of linking works beautifully to demonstrate how all the underlined words really represent people who know each other. I love that as we move more of our interaction only and express more of ourselves through writing, we are working out how to express our relationships through the written code that defines our world.

2 thoughts on “XFN”

  1. Good post. I agree. I don’t believe in the whole internet disconnects people thing, either. Yes, in some cases, but we can connect by words, pictures and cyber interactions.
    (you twitter buddy)

  2. Thanks! Sorry that it took so long for your comment to show! It seems to be one of the many things that I lost in my recent move, but I’m glad I found it now.

    I think that your comment is a perfect example of how the internet can connect people. I never would have found your blog and your columns if not for Twitter!

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