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Also, as I looked a little bit into Keybase I learned that they don't support any protocols that don't have public profile-like pages. So a pure messenger wouldn't be supported by Keybase.

They're opening up the protocol so that any website can provide the authentication, and Mastodon already implements it: if you have an account on Mastodon, you can have an additional proof on keybase.

See the blog post and the spec that details the changes to implement: https://keybase.io/blog/keybase-proofs-for-mastodon-and-ever...

I presume a pure IM system would have to implement some web gateway at the server level.

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