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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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