How to Get The Little Blue Check

Okay. So it’s technically a white check in a blue badge. I’m going along with the majority and will call it The Little Blue Check.

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Have you ever wondered why some people with Twitter accounts have a little blue check next to their name while others are slighted? This icon is symbolic of becoming an up-and-comer or famous and can be awarded to those who have so many fans, fake accounts abound.

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According to Twitter, there are several stipulations. They verify accounts of “highly sought users.” The article states the number of followers OR tweets are NOT a factor.

Little blue check

I’ve noticed many new authors who keep their “following” numbers low. My guess is they think if they follow back, they won’t look as fancy-like and won’t get The Little Blue Check. It doesn’t work that way guys and gals.

I perused some of my own blue check followers.

Chris Gore is a comedian, writer, and TV host who has 238,323 followers. He’s following 127,272 people. WOW!

Mike Braiotta from NY Storage Wars follows me. He earned the blue check with 17,358 followers. He is following 15,433. What a great guy!

Mark Zwilling, author and tech guru, has over 720, 672 followers and is following 452,775. He is great about communicating with “the little people” like me.

Comedian Ali Spagnola has 1,597,757 million followers and she followed me along with 434,374 others. She is “hideous!” (Amazing.)

Best-selling author James Rollins has 41,671 followers and is following 17,890. He’s just as nice in person!

Actor Zach Galligan has 7,108 followers and is following 2,439. He is very cool about connecting with fans on Twitter.

Orange County Choppers has 80,902 followers and is following 12,266. Vroom! I love Paul’s ‘stache.

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Brian Bushwood, of Discovery Channel and TwitTV fame, has 170,882 followers and is following 87,827. That is a lot.

Marketing master Shaun Gordon has 61,778 followers and is following 38,013. Very cool.

My most recent blue check follower is The Bloggess who has 365,791 followers and follows 24,288. She’s takin’ it downtown!

I do not have a blue check, but at last peek, I have 5,133 followers and am  following 5,028. What about the hundred I didn’t follow? They are “bots,” (automated tweets) or whackadoodles whose tweets I would rather not read. 

You don’t want the people you are following to race through your feed, you say? Ha. Twitter is waaaay ahead of you. Lists can be created with categories, so you can check out your faves at a very slow pace.

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Following fewer people has no bearing on the verification process. The number of people who search for you and read your tweets, does. So next time you hesitate to press the follow button, remember that number has nothing to do with it. In fact, your new friends could tweet you after your 2 minutes in the spotlight and could help you ascend to blue check fame!

Tweeters with the most followers courtesy of TwitterCounter.com

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JR Moehringer, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, penned The Tender Bar and Sutton and collaborated with Andre Agassi to write Open. He is still waiting for his verification. The more unusual your name, the less likely you’ll get a blue check unless fan sites with the same name appear. Andre Agassi is being followed by 187,279 and he is only following 283. C’mon Andre! You won’t lose your check if you follow me back. I promise.

I am waiting for hundreds of Susie Lindau fan sites to crop up, so I can earn my Little Blue (white) Check. Okay. I’m not holding my breath.

In the meantime, follow me on Twitter. I’ll follow you back. I’m not that fancy-like. @susielindau

Leave your Twitter handle (name) with a comment and I’ll add you to my posse!

Related article: Twitter FAQs – Twitter Verification 

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81 Responses to How to Get The Little Blue Check

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  2. The Hook says:

    You’re Blue in my book, Susie!

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  3. The Regular Guy NYC says:

    So now I understand how it works! You know we already follow each other. Maybe one day I’ll get that little blue check. Until then I’ll stay a blog whore for a while but I also use Triberr to help promote other blogs while also mingling a bit. I’m still a Twitter baby.

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  4. Interesting! It’s a wild, weird world out there in social media land in many ways. I suspect a fair number of “twitterers” are bots. I have a funny suspicion WordPress fields bot accounts too. Must admit, I don’t particularly look to numbers…great to have a readership but what I value more is the ongoing & quality contact with real people – and not TOO many or I’ll never keep up with them all. :-)

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  5. 4amWriter says:

    I am on Twitter, but can’t remember the last time I tweeted something meaningful other than that I just posted to my blog, lol. I have tried to be Twitterlicious but can’t seem to get it right. Guess I’ll never get my blue check. Durn.

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  6. Well, I’ll be. I need to get out more because I never noticed the blue check. Hmm. I have just about the same amount of peeps following as those I follow. I have to admit that I let Twitter go for a while. A long while. But I have made it my goal to be a more active Twitterer! Though I don’t have much to say, I do like to RT. I’ll keep a look out for ya Susie.

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  7. pegoleg says:

    Thank you for sharing this vital, hard-hitting knowledge which would be even more vital and hard-hitting if I had any inkling of what is actually involved in Tweets and Twitters. I am such a Luddite.

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  8. Hi Susie,
    Until now, I was unaware of the Twitter blue check. Unfortunately Twitter is and will remain an anathema to me. I’m like Jim(Ginger fightback) I don’t understand it and am reticent to do so. Here’s to staying Big C Free my friend.

    Talia

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    • susielindau says:

      Thanks Talia! Great to “see” you!
      Twitter is a fun playground to romp around in once you know how it works. A lot of people just “blog whore” all day and never communicate with others. A total waste. I try to do a little “mingling” every day! I’ve met people from all parts of the world through it!

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  9. It turns out I’m not following very many people that have been verified. I haven’t paid much attention to the “blue check” probably because I don’t see it that often. I’m not verified although I assure I am me. You should certainly be verified as you are know far and wide.

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    • susielindau says:

      Hahaha! Not really, but thank you!
      I started following blue checked comedians. Several of them tweet out hilarious jokes daily. Others interact with “regular” people. I didn’t notice the check for a while!

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  10. If anyone deserves the little blue check, you do! I’m not sure it will enhance life in any way but hey … it’s always good to have a quest! How’s the skiing this winter?

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    • susielindau says:

      Hahaha! Thanks Pat! This year my goal is to get my book published! Sheesh! What a process. It’s gone through a big revision since you saw it.
      I have only been skiing twice even though the snow is “hideous!” I’m avoiding the crowds since my doctors warned me not to fall. That’s like going to a pool and being told to stay dry!

      How the skiing up there in Canada?
      Great to “see” you!

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  11. There’s a little blue check? I really need to use Twitter more.

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    • susielindau says:

      I didn’t notice it even when I started following celebrities! :) For being an artist, I’m not always very observant.
      Twitter is a blast!
      Thanks for stopping by Miss Thoughtsy!

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  12. I asked twitter not to show my true numbers of followers Susie so they agreed to knock the six zeros off my total. More importantly I really don’t understand it still!

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  13. If anyone deserves a blue check it’s you! One for each breast! :) I am so new to Twitter that I don’t even know how to manage my 40 followers. LOL. But, I am having fun so far. Glad to know it’s ok to have more “following” than followers. Phew!

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    • susielindau says:

      Awww Shucks! One for each boob is right!
      I would guess that some of my blue check followers had less followers than the number they were following in the beginning.
      We have fun chatting it up on Twitter, don’t we Maria? :)

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  14. inkspot777 says:

    I still don’t know how a little known writer/artist like me can get a check on their twitter.

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  15. Jess Witkins says:

    Interesting blog, Susie! I didn’t know that’s what the check mark was for. I love twitter so it’s cool to learn more details like that.

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  16. El Guapo says:

    I don’t look at my twitter stats anymore. Everytime I think I’m close to 1000 followers, I lose three, and it keeps flopping back and forth.
    I do know that with the people that follow me, and that I follow, I always have a good time on my timeline.

    (Plus, I guess without a check, I can impersonate myself!)

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  17. Austin says:

    I already follow you, but if I didn’t, I so totally would after this post! Thanks for explaining the check! :)

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  18. Sure you won’t have to wait to be checked for long…(we aren’t talking about airports and TSA, right? giggles)
    Red Polka Dot Check just sounds soooo Susie!

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  19. First of all, had no clue about those blue checks. Thanks! Second, you are totally bad ass getting Zach Galligan to reply to you! Mathair and I are total Waxwork fanatics and Hello… Gremlins. You are officially the coolest person we know.

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  20. Never even noticed the checks. I have 7,018 followers and follow 7,216, but I have no idea how I fare in other things they measure.

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  21. tomwisk says:

    I follow more than I have followers. I read all of the blogs I follow because something they posted caught my eye. A lot of them are irregular posters but there are a lot, like you, who are regular. And I ride the check/delete in my e-mail so I get rid of trash and have time for important stuff.

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  22. I never even noticed the blue checks. Guess that shows how often I visit Twitter. I just learned about lists.

    Learn something new every day.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

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    • susielindau says:

      What’s your handle? (Twitter name)
      It took me a while to notice. Thanks for reading!

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    • JansenSchmidt (I think)

      JansenSchmidt (I think)

      JansenSchmidt (I think)

      Since the reply appeared 3 times, I thought I’d respond 3 times, cuz that’s the kind of smart aleck I am.

      Will that earn me a blue (or white) check? Cuz if being a smart aleck is what it takes, I’m your girl.

      Patricia

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      • susielindau says:

        Ha! I never noticed my reply had tripled! Thanks!
        I will follow and add you to my posse.
        I will follow and add you to my posse.
        I will follow and add you to my posse.
        Hey I’m a smart aleck too! We are so hideous! We’re takin’ it downtown! That blue check should be arriving on our Twitter profile any day now. :)

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  23. I’ve been following Steve Martin, Sarah Silverman, Joan Rivers, some others and you for years. But otherwise, I have yet to get a handle on Twitter. Maybe if the hours in the day extend to 36 and I still only have to dedicate 10 of them to working The Grind, I’ll have the time for it.

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  24. What a fun post! I joined Twitter not too long ago, and Oprah wants to use one of my tweets about her Super Soul Sunday for promotion! Woo hoo! I’m gonna be famous!! LMAO. Anyway, my handle is @mariner2mother and my name is Susan. Hope you get your blue check soon!! (I don’t get on Twitter nearly enough. Must make a resolution to change that.)

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    • susielindau says:

      Wow! How cool are you??? CONGRATULATIONS!!
      I never thought of tweeting her my story about how she got my husband and I together. I wrote it pre-Twitter!

      Something extraordinary would have to happen between now and a blue check, that’s for sure!
      I will add you to my posse!
      Thanks!

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  25. https://twitter.com/LeonyVidalCarr

    Thanks for this post. I’m still finding my way on Twitter and didn’t understand the whole check thingy. I’m now following you and JR Moehringer as I LOVED his book, Tender Bar! :-)

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  26. Maggie C says:

    The only twitter I’m familiar with is when my hot water heater is warming up. Quite annoying. I have enough trouble keeping up with my 43 friends on Facebook. Guess there are not blue checks in my future, but I prefer the kind of checks that have money attached to them anyway.

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  27. jbw0123 says:

    Hey good work on getting all those followers, and following so many back. I still don’t get Twitter (something seems to be missing in that part of my brain), but make myself Tweet and respond to a Tweet once a week hoping the light will dawn. Perhaps when you get your blue check all will become clear.

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  28. gardenlilie says:

    How you doin? I know I need to look into those lists, not sure how to make one. I’ll put it on my goal list to do soon. What’s up? How did the book go, any sales?

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    • susielindau says:

      I am doing great! Great to “see” you too.
      When you’re on your site, click on “me” on the bar at the top. You’ll see Lists on the left side of your profile. Click on “Lists” and “Create lists.” Viola!
      I haven’t published it yet. Still working on editing and then finding an agent. It’s a process! Thanks!

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  29. The Rider says:

    Nope, not famous yet… but following you and you are following me- thanks for that!

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  30. John says:

    I still can’t grasp Twitter. It’s odd and difficult to use. Sorry, not trying to be negative!

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    • susielindau says:

      Hey John! That’s not negative at all! :)
      I use it to connect with other people, throw silly 140 character sentences into the universe and to see what’s going on. Below your profile is a box called “Trends.” It lists the top tweets. If anything crazy happens, you will see it there first. It’s also a great way to read the most excellent news sources for free. They will update with links to their site, all day long. I have a list of “Funny People,” I will check out once in a while. Some of their one liners are hysterical – Check out Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers.

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  31. PapaBear says:

    We follow each other. That’s the important thing…., and the check’s in the mail. Sunshine to ya, Susie !

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  32. I had no idea either.. and my little blue check is lost in the mail so they say hahahha
    Never ever ever… hope you get one.

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  33. I think I already follow you, but from the looks of things, I may be following a different Susie, in which case, a white check on a blue background might help me know I’ve got the right one. In the case of there being 2 or more Susie Lindau’s in the world, I’m still not sure on how the Twitter gods would decide which of you is the most authentic. To be honest, if I opened Twitter and saw a green asterisk next to my name (or a white one on a green background) I’m not sure I’d notice. On a side note, I loved A Tender Bar (though I have always referred to it as The Tender Bar – no wonder my friends can’t find it!). I’m going to go follow JR right now.

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    • susielindau says:

      You are so funny One Point! :)
      A red polka dot check might be nice.
      There is another Susie Lindau. She beat me to Instagram and I could not figure out why it wouldn’t let me sign up with my name. Duh! It never occurred to me that there could be two of us.
      Thanks for catching my mistake. It is The Tender Bar. Sheesh!

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  34. claywatkins says:

    Susie… I had never noticed it, but I am not a heavy Twitter user… I use it mainly to get information and follow high school football… of course I tweet the occasional sunrise (or sunset) and motivational – it’s gonna be a great day but that’s it… we follow each other, so in my book that is a blue check. It’s all good.

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  35. This is all new to me, I’m very lost when it comes to twitter. I think I only follow 100? (not sure) To be honest, I never go on twitter. But it is very cool that famous people can interact with the average person. Now that Stephen King has finally jumped on the twitter bandwagon maybe I’ll start paying more attention?

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    • susielindau says:

      I didn’t notice it for a long time. When I wanted to follow Seth Meyers, I asked my daughter how I could tell if I was following the real celebrity or not. She showed me the check and said that many times they don’t have one, but you can tell by how many followers they have.
      Twitter breaks down the wall between the common person and the super fancy-like people. It’s pretty cool!

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  36. Absolutely not! It’s a white check mark and that’s the truth. Is this to confuse the professor?

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