WebFinger is a protocol specified by the IETF that allows for discovery of information about people and things identified by a URI. Information about a person might be discovered via an "acct:" URI, for example, which is a URI that looks like an email address.
The WebFinger protocol is used by the federated social networks StatusNet and Diaspora to discover users on federated nodes and pods as well as the remotestorage protocol used by e.g. ownCloud.
- Jones, Paul E.; Salgueiro, Gonzalo; Jones, Michael B.; Smarr, Joseph (September 2013). "RFC 7033: WebFinger".
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