WebFinger

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WebFinger is a protocol specified by the IETF that allows for discovery of information about people and things identified by a URI.[1] Information about a person might be discovered via an "acct:" URI, for example, which is a URI that looks like an email address.

WebFinger is specified as the discovery protocol for OpenID Connect,[2] which is a protocol that allows one to more easily log into various sites on the Internet.[3]

The WebFinger protocol is used by the federated social networks StatusNet[4] and Diaspora[5] to discover users on federated nodes and pods as well as the remotestorage protocol[6] used by e.g. ownCloud.[7]

As a historical note, the name "WebFinger" is derived from the old ARPANET Finger protocol, but is a very different protocol designed for HTTP.[8]

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  1. ^ Jones, Paul E.; Salgueiro, Gonzalo; Jones, Michael B.; Smarr, Joseph (September 2013). "RFC 7033: WebFinger". 
  2. ^ OpenID Connect Discovery 1.0
  3. ^ Welcome to OpenID Connect
  4. ^ Evan Prodromou Speaks on the Future of StatusNet
  5. ^ How Diaspora Connects Users
  6. ^ remotestorage specification
  7. ^ Unhosted project
  8. ^ Introducing WebFinger