Twitter Rolls Out Verified Accounts

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A week ago, Twitter announced that it will start verifying accounts of Twitter users to prevent further impersonification of famous people. This decision was Twitter’s way of preventing another lawsuit after St Louis Cardinal Manager Tony La Russa  complained that a Twitter account was created using his name. Although Twitter did not pay settlement, the account was immediately deleted after it was reported to the Twitter team.

To prevent another incident of impersonation, Twitter announced that it will start verifying accounts of famous people, celebrities and other public personalities who have Twitter account. After verifying that these accounts really belong to the real people, Twitter would append a Verified Account Badge on these Twitter profiles.

Twitter was also quick to clarify that accounts without the Verified Accounts badges should be considered fake. Of course majority of these “unverified” accounts are still legit. It’s just that Twitter has no way of verifying them. The Verified Account Badge is being issued only to famous Twitter users whom the Twitter crew have contacted.

A good question to ask now is what will happen to “not so famous” Twitter users whose identity is being jeopardized?  If you’re among these Twitter users you can either submit a feedback form and wait if Twitter acts on it or provide a link to your official website containing the Twitter badge or logo linking back to your profile.

Mashable has just noticed that Twitter Verified Accounts have been rolled out. Some famous personalities in Twitter now have the Verified Accounts in their profiles. Mashable’s Twitter Profile is now a Verified Account, as well as those of Ashton Kutcher and Oprah.

So have your Twitter account been verified?

Arnold Zafra
Arnold Zafra writes daily on the announcements by Google, Ask.com, Yahoo & MSN along with how these announcements effect web publishers. He is currently building three niche blogs covering iPad News, Google Android Phones and E-Book Readers.
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  • http://celebratingwomen.ning.com Michelle Hayward

    What about all those *pornstars* that keep attaching themselves to our accounts – what about verifying them too! A bot sends out that garbage and I get about 10 or more a day! Why isn’t there some form they have to fill out! It’s too easy! I am getting so sick of it, I won’t use Twitter if it doesn’t change and SOON!

  • http://sem-group.net/search-engine-optimization-blog/ Gerald Weber

    So how does Twitter determine what accounts are considered famous?

  • http://www.twitter.com/kubastolarski Kuba

    Sorry to be picky, but I think the word you should have used was “impersonation” 🙂

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  • http://www.blackkatz.com Black Katz – rent in London

    Imagine the shame if they don’t want you to be Verified and you thought you were A-list! Seriously though, how would they verify it?

  • http://www.tag44.com Tag44

    Thanks Arnold, even i get the mail from the Twitter regarding my account verification.

  • http://twitter-verify.blogspot.com Steve

    I’m fan of authorised accounts and started an A to Z list, so far found around 130.