Verify Your Mastodon Profile Using your Profile

Darryl Schmidt  November 23, 2022 at 9:17 am

First things first, it’s Mastodon, not Mastadon. Learning and using the correct spelling might save you some headaches later 🙂

Due to the latest changes in Twitter’s management and policies, people have been moving from Twitter to Mastodon in droves. Most are just dipping their to into the Mastodon world, but some have left Twitter completely and say they’ll never be back.

Personally, I think the internet changes too rapidly to burn your bridges, but it’s always nice to have a backup in case Twitter implodes under Elon’s watch.

What is Mastodon?

According to Wikipedia: Mastodon is free and open-source software for running self-hosted social networking services. It has microblogging features similar to the Twitter service, which are offered by a large number of independently run nodes, known as instances, each with its own code of conduct, terms of service, privacy policy, privacy options, and moderation policies. Read More

For those of us that don’t leave and breathe this stuff, Mastodon is a messaging system with privately run hubs (or “instance” as the nerds say). Each hub can communicate with other hubs, so you’re not limited to only communicating with people on the server where you create your account.

I’d say it’s usually best to find a hub/instance which a theme or location that interests you. It’s not mandatory though, and since you’re not limited to the people on that hub, not a big deal.

Creating Your Mastodon Account

For this post, I’m not going to get into the nitty gritty details of creating your Mastodon account. For the purposes of this post, I’ll just say to create your account and figure out the URL of your Mastodon Profile.

Creating Your Account

Creating a nice video, running you through all the steps for creating an account on is on my list of things to do but for now, please go to select Sign Up and follow along reading the prompts.

Linking the Two Profiles Profile

You can view your personal profile page by selecting “Your Profile” under “People” on the navigation menu. You can also select “Your Profile” under the profile menu on the right side of the navigation menu.

When you’re viewing your personal profile page, scroll down until you see the option to edit your Extended Profile. Clicking “Edit Your Profile” will take you to a page with a form allowing you to change all the options in your extended profile.

In the field titled “Mastodon Profile URL” enter the URL of your profile on your Mastodon server. This will look something like

When viewing your Mastodon profile, copy the text that’s in your browser’s address bar and paste it into the field.

After saving and viewing your personal profile on, you should see the Mastodon icon in your social links.

If you see the icon and you used the right URL to your profile, you’re halfway there.

Mastodon Profile

Go to your Mastodon profile and and click the button to edit your profile.

Scroll down until you see the section for Profile Metadata, which has eight fields.

In the first available field on the left, type “Verification” (without quotes). In the field directly to the right, paste the URL to your Profile.

After you’ve saved your profile, you should see as part of your profile in a green box the word VERIFICATION above the URL to your profile.

Occasionally, depending on the speed of your server, it may take a few moments for the verification to appear.

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One of my interests is following technology trends and how they can be implemented in a way that benefits people. I do my best to be a community builder and this website is an example of that 🙂

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