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Now Verified On Twitter – @Ev And @Biz (@Jack Shunned Once Again)

The verification system on Twitter is a nice idea but it still hasn’t been implemented correctly. There are good reasons why celebrities, public figures and brands should be first in the queue to get verified accounts, but there are also very good reasons why everybody should be offered the seal of approval from Twitter for their account, too, famous or otherwise.

We’re all real people. Well, aside from the millions of bots, copycats and imposters. And that‘s exactly why we all need to be verified. It would be easy enough to do – just let us verify our accounts with a bank card. If you don’t want to share this information, or don’t care about being verified, then you’d just opt out. Everybody who did care would opt in. Simples.

Still, to their credit, the Twitter three (Biz Stone, Jack Dorsey and Evan William) have taken their sweet time about getting their own accounts verified, waiting patiently whilst everybody else – even people nobody has ever heard of – got the badge ahead of them.

And while I like the idea that they kept on applying but the tech team at Twitter were routinely marking their applications as spam, Williams (@ev) and Stone (@biz) finally got themselves verified.

Which just leaves Jack Dorsey (@jack), who still hasn’t been deemed worthy of the badge.

And don’t forget – this comes just a few days after he was left out of the Twitter team’s #9 placing in Vanity Fair’s most influential people list.

He’s got to be a little pissed – he’s a Twitter co-founder, after all. Time to get even, Jack – go ahead and loosen the height control on Biz’s chair.

PS. @rickastley is now official, too. You know what to do.

Track Verified Users On Twitter With @Verified

Since August, Twitter has been logging all the accounts it verifies on the network with a follow on the official @verified account.

Track Verified Users On Twitter With @Verified

It also categorises and places them in one of its respective lists.

Track Verified Users On Twitter With @Verified

This is a nice idea, but essentially useless. If the account sent out a tweet each time it verified somebody – much like @valebrity – it would absolutely be worth a follow.

As it is, because there is no easy way to search which users a given account is following, or to search within the lists of a given account – assuming that is you know who or what you’re searching for in the first place – none of this really helps you at all.

Incidentally, at the time of writing, and assuming this gauge is accurate, Twitter has verified 1,231 users. Against a network size of (at least) 25 million, that’s amazingly small. Looks like yet another half-hearted attempt at what is actually a good idea.

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