Posted by: Emilie Hartvig | April 25, 2011

Are You Important Enough to be Verified? Probably Not.

The other day I was on Twitter and someone that I followed had an interesting complaint. Cory Monteith, also known as Fin Hudson from Glee or “Frankenteen” on Twitter, was recently unverified on Twitter. He posted six tweets about the matter.

“I have been un-verified! oh, the pain…”

“You’re completely right! blah blah blah blah blah oooOOoooo eeeeeee RT @imelmooy License to be super-random and claim innocence! W00t!”

“…youre right! :’) *tears* RT @heyjackieb stop seeking verification from twitter. you don’t need validation from a social networking site”

“IM NOT ME ANYMoRE! WHO AM I?!?! EXISTENTIAL ANGST.COM”

As of right now, he has been re-verified but that is not a concern of mine. What I wonder is why is it just celebrities or other popular public figures who get verified? Yeah, I understand that people will make fake Twitter accounts claiming he or she is someone like Lady Gaga or Anderson Cooper but what about us? What about everyone else who uses Twitter?

The more I learn about social media, the more I realize the impact it will have on my professional life. Now, I’m not saying I am a public figure but I would still like to be verified as me so no one else could try to pretend to be me. I think the public deserves the right to be verified. I think it is important for people to know that who ever he or she is tweeting is a real person.

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Responses

  1. I’ve always wondered what it takes to be verified on Twitter! I don’t know why, but I’ve actually thought a lot about this. How does Twitter decide who is recognizable enough to be verified? Is there an application process? Who determines if it’s really that person/group/organization or not? A lot of the verified Twitter accounts are representatives for the verified people and not the people themselves. So, what does it mean to be verified? I’d really like to know!


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