This post was contributed by guest author James Richman. James writes about marketing, digital design, entrepreneurship, and technology. He has gained most of his experience from running a variety of his own businesses for more than a decade. On January 12, 2016, the W3C (the World Wide Web Consortium) released its first public working draft of Webmentions, but the announcement didn’t feel new. In fact, Webmentions have been around since IndieWebCamp created them in 2013, and top WordPress developers are already using a Webmentions plugin to utilize the tool. Yet, for those who use WordPress, Webmentions seemed like a retread of WordPress’ Pingback system from the early 2000s, which featured a similar concept. The Pingback system was invented in 2002 by Stuart Langridge, and in essence, it allowed pieces that were published on different WordPress sites to talk to each other. This is perhaps best explained by walking through an example scenario: Website A posts a new entry on its blog. Website B responds to that blog post with its own post and links to the post on Website A. The Pingback system then notifies Website A that Website B wrote about and linked to its blog post. Website A
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