Twitter Verified Accounts – Good Idea , or Havoc Unleashed?

When I saw the LaRussa scuffle, I was totally nonplussed. Not only is LaRussa someone I deem not worth my time, the most relevant fact is that Twitter is something I consider a third class tool, something I use in a pinch, but not useful for heavy-duty work. After all, the very idea of it is something that makes dismissal easy.

from the Twitter page

Verified Accounts Beta (A Sneak Peak)

We do recognize an opportunity to improve Twitter user experience and clear up confusion beyond simply removing impersonation accounts once alerted. We’ll be experimenting with a beta preview of what we’re calling Verified Accounts this summer.


The experiment will begin with public officials, public agencies, famous artists, athletes, and other well known individuals at risk of impersonation. We hope to verify more accounts in the future but due to the resources required, verification will begin only with a small set.

Small set. Harrrumph!

As I moved around this morning, I saw more on the verified account status, and then went to Twitter itself, to get the full story. Call me eclectic if you wish, but the very first thing that came to my mind was Kathy Griffin.  Since she admits she is on the D-List, does she rank high enough to become Twitter-certified?


If she does, where is the cutoff? How many people have to recognize your name, and celebrity status, before you can be certified a celebrity? This could lead to an entire show on Bravo, A&E, or some other cable channel.  (If this occurs, remember, you read it here first!)

She is on Twitter, MySpace, & Facebook, so perhaps she has already applied.

Still, the question remains – how popular must one be to be celebrity-certified?

Kathy, if you notice this, let us know. I’m a big fan, and you’d never be on my D-List (if I had one).


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Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else? – James Thurber

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