I had looked into setting up a static response from my (personal) domain so that searching my email address on here would return my mastodon handle, but it seemed spooky. Anyway this post by @MattHodges encouraged me to just do it. Happy to report it was very smooth sailing, and it works!

imo the big asterisk on this is that it's effectively a wildcard response for email addresses at your domain. Not a problem for me (i'm the only one with a email) but if anybody else has an email at your domain it will clobber their results

@xor I need to stop following you you just send me down these rabbit holes

@josh this one's very easy! but note the caveat i'm about to post

@xor it should be possible to make a really minimal webapp that matches on the parameters to the webfinger request to return the correct response for multiple users, but it's neat that the simple static file is enough for single-user domains.

@kepstin oh totally! I think that's what webfinger is, kinda. And if you've got anything dynamic on the domain, easy peasy to add that. But yeah, this works for me

@cranky_david @MattHodges I think I could get used to it. It makes the decision to tag Matt in deliberate, and also means that your clickthrough will (very likely, might be some edge cases) take you to his instance's copy with the latest data, possibly edits, etc.

@xor @MattHodges
agree - i think getting client help in doing these well would be useful too.

@cranky_david @xor the click-through on the Toot! iOS app is pleasantly seamless

@xor @MattHodges
if we can get our client side devs to make this easy in the composer and include the original author in the message it will go a long way; notification happens with the mention and the link to the tweet can be included automatically.

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