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A Webmention is any of four types of linkbacks, methods for Web authors to request notification when somebody links to one of their documents. This enables authors to keep track of who is linking to, or referring to their articles.

It is similar to pingbacks but was designed to be simpler than the XML-RPC protocol that pingback relies upon, by instead only using HTTP and x-www-urlencoded content.[1]

See also[edit]

  • Pingback, the XML-RPC based protocol that webmention was modeled after.
  • Linkback, the suite of protocols that allows websites to manually and automatically link to one another.
  • Refback, a similar protocol but easier than Pingbacks since the site originating the link doesn't have to be capable of sending a Pingback request.
  • Trackback, a similar protocol but more prone to spam.


  1. ^ Webmention, IndieWebCamp, retrieved July 1, 2014 

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