We’re almost at the end of the year and Twitter is still the “buzz” of the social media and main stream media world. With every little feature added such as Twitter List or new partnerships such as the one with Bing to API updates it sends the blog world in a posting frenzy. Earlier this year a feature that Twitter added was Verified Accounts. Via the http://twitter.com/help/verified page, Verified Twitter Accounts were created to “To prevent identity confusion, Twitter is experimenting (beta testing) with a ‘Verified Account’ feature. We’re working to establish authenticity with people who deal with impersonation or identity confusion on a regular basis.” So for those of who you are new to Twitter, have I had anyone impersonate me on Twitter? Yes, late last year and earlier this year someone create a “lilwaynesutton” and a “bigwaynesutton” Twitter accounts posting rude and disruptive content that I would never say.
Twitter Accounts are limited to what seems like celebrities, athletes, government officials, major brands, A-listers in the blogging / social media space and friends who know people at Twitter. With only a select few of the million of Twitter users having a Verified Twitter account puts me in company to where “some” value the Verified Twitter Account badge as a symbol of status and/or creditability. From http://twitter.com/help/verified
Who has a ‘Verified Account’ badge?
We’re starting with well-known accounts that have had problems with impersonation or identity confusion. (For example, well-known artists, athletes, actors, public officials, and public agencies). We may verify more accounts in the future, but because of the cost and time required, we’re only testing this feature with a small set of folks for the time being. As the test progresses we may be able to expand this test to more accounts over the next several months.
Personally I didn’t seek out to get a Verified Twitter account but I was wondering why @ScottMonty and @comcastcares didn’t have Verified Twitter accounts because they represent major brands and after doing some “research” I was able to reach out to a few contacts and I figured why not me too. Either way, the outcome is @ScottMonty and I are now verified. But Scott works at Ford and for myself I’ll let you decide. 🙂 Hear are what a few Tweeple are saying:
What does a Verified Twitter Account mean to you?