Twitter Verification Just Got Interesting

In social media, a little blue badge next to someone’s name means they have been verified. It differentiates the person or business as the real deal and not a copycat or crazed fan. Twitter has been verifying accounts for a while. Facebook began distributing badges last fall and Instagram is about to join the verification club.

I get pretty stoked when blue check people follow me like YouTube vlogger, Jenna Marbles. She has 3.75 million followers! That’s her dog, not Jenna.

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For a few days, *I pinned my tweet, How to Get the Little Blue Check On Twitter,” and received a DM (direct message) from someone who has over 200,000 followers. Whoa. He has a lot of fans!

Anyway, he said someone had DM’d him with an offer to sell him verification. The coveted badge could be his for one hundred and fifty dollars. He wanted my opinion. I told him it was probably a scam. Then I Googled Twitter verification and found this:

February 6th, 2015 – As quoted on CNBC: “For $1 a year or something like that,” Calacanis said, “users will soon be able pay for a blue checkmark to appear on their accounts.”

See? Everyone calls it a blue check. It’s really white with a blue background.

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Why would Twitter executives want everyone to become verified and important-like? Wouldn’t that ruin it?

“Calacanis said that when people pay for verification, they’ll be forced to input their credit card information, making it easier for Twitter to entice them into paying for other things, “like buying a subscription toThe New York Times or buy a Netflix subscription.”

It all comes down to money.

In the meantime, there are scammers out there. Beware of anyone who DM’s you with an offer to verify your account.

I found this on AdWeek:

David Armano, global strategy director for Edelman Digital, says he simply received an email asking him to click through to activate his verification, a process that left him with little advice to those aspiring to verified greatness. He felt chosen.

In the same article, David Griner says that begging won’t get you verified.

And like I said in my previous article, it makes no difference how many followers you have or how many you’re following. Those numbers do not impress Twitter VIPs who pick and choose who’s important like a bouncer picking through a long line outside a club in NYC. So follow-me back next time. Okay?

This is from FAQ’s about verified accounts:

“Twitter verifies accounts on an ongoing basis to make it easier for users to find who they’re looking for. We concentrate on highly sought users in music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business, and other key interest areas. We are constantly updating our requirements for verification. Note, verification does not factor in follower count or Tweet count.

We do not accept requests for verification from the general public. If you fall under one of the above categories and your Twitter account meets our qualifications for verification, we may reach out to you in the future.”

It comes down to how sought after you are and if there are other false accounts claiming to be you out there in Twitterland. I don’t plan on checking my email every five minutes to see if I get verification instructions, but I will continue to get stoked when blue check people follow me. Who knows, maybe someday soon, most of us will have a little blue check. I’d buy it for a dollar!

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Do you think it’s a good idea for Twitter to sell verification for a dollar? Would you buy it?

 *You can pin one of your tweets from your profile. It will come up as an option after clicking on the “…” icon.

47 thoughts on “Twitter Verification Just Got Interesting

  1. Interesting. I don’t have a Facebook or twitter account and I’m only on WP these days to follow blogs I like, so I hadn’t paid attention to the white checkmark in the blue cloud.

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  2. A couple years ago, I had a parody Twitter account for former Congressman Weiner’s, ummm, wiener. (He was the one who had to resign from Congress when he was caught sending out pictures of his wiener to practically anyone on Twitter – and when he later ran for mayor of New York, got caught doing the same exact thing again)
    It would have been awesome to get that account verified. 🙂

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  3. What really galls me is when someone is on a show and ALL THEIR COSTARS have (or get) the highly-sought-after checkmark, but they’re left out. (Age isn’t a factor…the show in question has a preteen primary character that has been verified [and not one of those crappy teen shows like “Pretty Little Liars”, either].)

    Yes, I will *absolutely* buy a check for a dollar a year. Why wait to become a famous novelist when I can get one now (or the now of then)? Especially when we realize that Twitter may eventually go the way of MySpace…

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    • Twitter is making bank, so I don’t see it going away.
      There are a lot of theories about who gets verified. One says, you need to know the right people at Twitter. If their last name is common, that could make a difference too, or not!!

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      • I’ve heard their agent can put in for it…but in that same 24-48 hours, I also heard that twitter wouldn’t do it if you’re only on a few episodes. 😛

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  4. I’m nowhere near important enough to have a blue check mark by my name, and I’m not so sure I want Twitter to have my credit card info. So for now, I’ll continue to be little old insignificant me. 🙂 Thanks for this information. I always wondered how that worked.

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    • I had written about it before, but when I realized things may be changing, I thought I should update.
      There are some well-known authors who haven’t been verified….yet. I bet they’ll be stoked when they are!

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  5. Thanks, Susie, for such a thorough explanation of what verification means–at least currently! I find it all very confusing and tend to stay away from anything extra that I have to do. I know just enough to be a little reckless. I don’t do enough with Twitter to currently care, but a few years ago I didn’t care about blogging. I think I slowly evolve into these areas. I do like to know what’s going on, though, so this is very helpful.

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    • After that man contacted me about verification, he tweeted the link out, so I figured it was worth writing about. It will be interesting what Twitter decides to do. If legit people like us all were verified, most of the remaining people would be the scammers and spammers. I get about 5 followers a week who try to sell me followers. They would not get the blue check, that’s for sure!

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  6. I didn’t even know about that blue check deal, thanks for explaining. I have GOT to figure out a way to quit my day job so I can spend more time on this stuff – it seems a heck of a lot more fun. 😉

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    • I wrote a post a while back which needed to be updated, so here I am!
      Social media is super fun and a major time suck, but worth building if you ever want to write a book. See you on Twitter, Peg!

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  7. This one certainly should get you some buzz and hits. All the changes keep people guessing. (They’ll probably be hit with a lawsuit for bullying since they don’t make everyone a winner. People get their feelings hurt so easily these days. giggles)

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  8. The idea of buying the perception of popularity on the Internet strikes me as shallow, but I am sure there will be a barrage of wannabes forking over their dollar for a blue check. As a result, this badge will lose the significance that it currently has. I know that social media excels at promoting perception over reality, but when you’re a minor Twitter user like me with just a trickle of followers, but with a purchased blue check (if I were inclined to make this investment; I’m not), that would only scream loud and clear that I’m an orifice. And not the ear canal. I anticipate that there will soon be a lot of orifices with blue checks crowding the Twittersphere if this comes into play.

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    • Thanks Maria!
      You have to be careful. I have to laugh at all the scammers who try to sell followers. They promise thousands and yet I’ve never seen any of them with many of their own! Ha!

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  9. I know who I am, and I don’t take twitter seriously enough to worry about being verified.
    Now if they could block all the TEAM FOLLOWBACK!!!!! accounts that follow me for no reason, that might be worth paying for…

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  10. It’s a good job we’ve got you finding out this stuff, Susie. So the dollar thing isn’t a scam wow that’s weird. I’m amazed I haven’t been scammed before I’m so gullible hee hee.

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    • Thanks Catherine.
      I’ve been scammed. “A picture going around Twitter looks like you.” BAM Hacked my account after I clicked on the link.
      I can imagine a lot of people paid $150 to get verified, but after my research, I know they got scammed.
      Happy Saturday!

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  11. Interesting indeed! It still seems a bit arbitrary to me. I’ve had people ask me why I’m not verified. I tell them, well, that would be nice, but I’m not the official Twilight Zone account (though some people seem to assume I am, which is flattering). I say right in my bio that it’s run by a fan. But the lack of a TZ page that IS verified keeps the question coming, I guess. Good post, Susie!

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  12. I don’t know. I’ve always been fond of getting black tick marks.
    Because that means I must be a bit bad. And therefore, more interesting. Right?

    *has never really done anything bad in her life but sometimes wishes she had…just a little*

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  13. I’d buy it for a dollar. But as soon as I did, as you point out, NOT having the white-with-blue-background tick would be “in”, so I’d have to sell it again. And then having it would be in and… and I might have been reading far too much Dr Seuss. On the other hand, our friend Mr Geisel nailed so much that was true about the human condition…

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    • Hahaha! Right!
      I think they want to have our cards on file so we can click to purchase from Twitter. We would also see who the spammers and scammers are. In the meantime, I will be happy without a “star” I mean a check! 🙂
      Thanks Matt!

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