PS: For famous people only

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.

Twitter Verified Account

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.

Tony La Russa is the one on the right

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.”

Verified Twitter Accounts

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.

About Marj Casal

Maria Angelica Nepomuceno Casal is a student of the University of the Philippines Manila and this blog is created as part of the requirements of my OC152 class. And might as well be a long term hobby.
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9 Responses to PS: For famous people only

  1. heartsandsky says:

    Wow, this is an interesting find for me. thanks for sharing it, marj. 🙂 i guess authenticity and trust are indeed valuable in our world today–be it personal, business, or online–so much that every measure possible is being done to assure its presence in every interaction.

    so better be real and trustworthy, or you’re out of the game! 😉

  2. Zid says:

    Don’t worry, Marj, we’ll get our badges soon enough. LOL. I think celebrities having a Verified Account badge makes PR for them easier since it comes straight from the horse’s mouth. The only downside is if that person is rather tactless. If that’s the case, the search for a publicist is in order.

  3. gj says:

    Interesting, maybe it all contributes to the controversy that makes social media fun? Or gives the internet quite a reputation as a haven for plain pranksters to mischievous monsters who are solemnly sworn to be up to no good? haha. Anyway, I think all the buzz esp on celebrity twitter accounts reinforces the notion of the service being quite ‘conyo’ for a number of people (well, within my world. lol)

  4. Ooh this is new! 😀

    This is nice because it actually lessens the confusion people get when they read tweets (like, is this for real? is this really her account? etc.) and it minimize identity theft in Twitter. But it kinda reflects a slight discrimination between famous and ordinary people. Well maybe they have good reasons why they chose to use it for the famous people first.

    Tell us if you got your badges already! 😀

  5. blahblahblogsheet says:

    I am thankful for this feature. Hell, who want to follow a fraud? At least with this feature, we are assured that we get the word straight from our idols/favorites. I believe that in this era of social media, authenticity comes first.

  6. The Verified Badge is a good thing. 🙂 It makes me feel like celebrities (ehem, ASHTON KUTCHER, ehem) is actually talking to me or is so close to me that I can hear or read their thoughts. Fraud and impersonation will be lessened and the authenticity of the tweets can give a good feeling to the millions of fans who follow these celebrities. For one, I SWOON every time Ashton Kutcher tweets. 🙂 (Well, not really, but you get the point 🙂 ) Because his Twitter account is verified, I know that it is INDEED he who writes those tweets, and it is from HIS brain that those thoughts come from. 🙂 It connects people from two worlds apart (me and Ashton, haha). Now it’s just like I am really close to him that I am able to know what he’s thinking about, his likes and dislikes, where he is at the moment, what he’s looking forward to, what makes him laugh or discontent, etc. 🙂

    And it brings additional excitement to the fans when they “mention” them in their tweets.
    Can I just say: I LOVE YOU ASHTON KUTCHER! 🙂

  7. Pattydc says:

    Oh! So that’s how those verified accounts started out. Well, public figures do need it because let’s face it, they’re the one’s who’re more likely to be impersonated. But, it would be good if us “normal” people could have verified accounts too. Plus, it’d be cool 😀

  8. mavcastillo says:

    Oooh.I want a verified account too!But being a nobody, there’s no need for that anyway.Haha.
    I think celebrities and stars are among the top NSM users who benefited from the popularity of NSM. Since fans now feel like they have finally become “close” or “closer” to their favorite celebrities, there is a bigger possibility for their fascination to grow stronger. Besides, it’s fun to get the information straight from the horse’s(bird’s) mouth;)

  9. shecainess says:

    i really am not a fan of twitter but i say it really gives. it is important that accounts are subject to verification so people will not be given the opportunity of taking someone else’s identity. privacy issues are really “in” these days.

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