webfinger - Project Hosting on Google Code

Posted on by Brandon Klein

Back in the day you could, given somebody's UNIX account (email address), type finger and get some information about that person, whatever they wanted to share: perhaps their office location, phone number, URL, current activities, etc.

The finger protocol, sadly, died.

Fast-forward to Web 2.0. We're currently bickering about how we do interop between all these social web services, and even how we represent a person's identity. The two main identity identifier camps are email addresses and URLs.