Since as long as many of us can remember, the verified checkmark √ on Twitter has always been a sign of prestige, meaning you’re important enough to need validation of your identity. Now in an interesting change of events Twitter are expanding verified accounts to all users, provided they fill out a form with some identification info, such as your full name, phone number and email address. Of course Twitter aren’t going to verify EVERYBODY, claiming that the account needs to be of “public interest”.
So although accounts such as Fake Stephen Elop won’t be verified, the wider roll out of checkmarks might mean you’ll see more verified accounts that interest you whether it’s a local food joint, an occasional opinion piece writer, or your preferred free bingo sites out there. The main point of this wider verification rollout is actually to cutdown on some internet abuse, as a verified user is easier to track down, and less likely to bully people online.
A downside to this, as pointed out by The Verge, is that with an increase in verified users, anonymous users are less likely to gain any traction, buried in a sea of verified users who may or may not have anything interesting to say. Of course this is a big deal given how Twitter has plenty of anonymous, journalists, leakers and insiders who have huge followings only made possible by their anonymity.
Don’t let that stop you from requesting to be verified, by filling out the form over here.
Via: The Verge