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A mention is a post which links to another post without explicitly being in response to it. In contrast, a reply, like, or repost are explicit responses to a post.

See also: webmention, the plumbing used to notify posts that they’ve been linked to

A mention is not really a “type” of post from the publisher’s perspective (i.e. there is no “mention” UI), as any sort of post which can link can implicitly be a mention, as well as potentially being in response to another post.

For example, this post is an explicit reply to this post, and at the same time an implicit mention of this URL.

Mentions typically don’t fit into comment/reply threads and therefore are often displayed separately, or in a more compact manner.

Unlike a like, a mention is not implicitly emotionally positive — a link is not always an endorsement.


IndieWeb examples displaying mentions to posts

Aaron Parecki

Aaron displays mentions to posts on in an “other mentions” section below likes, reposts and comments, as well as giving the mention count in feed views (example).

Barnaby Walters

Barnaby displays mentions to posts on inline chronologically with other responses, but in a more compact form that explicit comments, and displays mention counts in feed views (example).

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