You can (sort of) verify your identity on Mastodon if you own a website.

1. Go to Edit Profile > Appearance > Profile Metadata, add your website address (including https://) to the metadata section.

2. Copy the verification code into your website's code. (The verification code is next to the Metadata section)

3. Click "Save Changes" after you have done all of the above.

Your website will then be listed on your profile with a green background and a tick next to it, proving you are the owner.

@ghost_letters @feditips except this is handled by the user rather than the instance admin

@carcinopithecus @ghost_letters @feditips this. So much.

Do not _again_ let someone else handle your online identity.

Own it yourself!

@ghost_letters heck no.

The target has to be under your own control.

The target should be a place where you list all your social media profiles so people can tell profile equivalence.

And this should not be another validating service, that is dead by sunset, but plain HTML on a domain _you_ control.

Only if both links point to each other can users be sure that your online identity is really from the very same user in every place _you_ list and thus all others claiming to be you are fake.


the link destination is controlled by the user. But the 'validating' side (mastodon) in this case is usually controlled by some stranger. What part do I miss here?

(yea, I/everybody _could_ host their own instance)

@ghost_letters the "green" validation is just a nice feature and nothing else. Mastodon checks this on entry only too as far as I know.

The link itself can be validated by every user manually tho - and should be!

I do this. Especially on the Fediverse but elsewhere too: If a profile points to a webpage but the page does not link back I have to assume it's a fake profile and has to be treated as such. This is especially true for companies or "famous" people.

@feditips you can also use @keyoxide to verify your online accounts (including Mastodon), although not that easy, it is still possible if you don't own a Website

@hbenjamin @feditips @keyoxide
Why would it be harder without a site?
I don't rememeber having any problems

@wuwei @feditips @keyoxide I meant the Keyoxide Verification is harder than just entering a personal website into your Mastodon Profile. (Because you have to fiddle with PGP)
Keyoxide is the same to set up with or without a website.

I also didn't have any problems, but I think beginners might have a harder time setting up PGP.
Although there are some really good guides on the Keyoxide website.

@feditips When you say "Copy the verification code into your website's code", what do you mean and how do you do this?

Thank you 🙏​


If you go to the profile settings mentioned in step 1, you'll see a section called "Profile Metadata". Next to that is a bit of HTML code you can copy and paste into your website's code.

You may need to log in through your Mastodon server's website to do this.

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