I’ve had an account in Twitter since forever but it’s only now that I am actually getting the hang of it. It’s only now that I realized how amazing it is that I can actually follow celebrities and get tweets right from the horse’s (or bird’s?) mouth. I guess what made me not so amazed before at the thought of getting to follow celebrities is that I wasn’t sure if the person behind the tweets are indeed the celebrities themselves.
And then there’s the Verified Account feature.
Have you ever wondered how this thing works? And have you asked yourselves how famous should you be to get verified? Well, now you’ll know.
The idea of having accounts verified started when a lawsuit was filed by St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa over fake tweets made in his name.
The experiment began with “public officials, public agencies, famous artists, athletes, and other well-known individuals at risk of impersonation.” So, basically “any account with a Verified Badge is a Verified Account. Twitter uses this to establish authenticity of well-known accounts so users can trust that a legitimate source is authoring their Tweets.”
Did you know that not only accounts of famous people can be verified; even for ordinary people like us who may be experiencing identity confusion can apply to be verified, although this is still closed for now because developments are on going.
You may view a complete list of the verified accounts through this @verified twitter account.