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Twitter Adds New Features For Verified Users (Average Joes Need Not Apply)

Twitter Adds New Features For Verified Users (Average Joes Need Not Apply)

Twitter started verifying users back in 2009, largely to combat the problem of impostor accounts and to establish the authenticity of key individuals and brands on the platform. It’s a fairly simple system that (bar one or two hiccups) works: any account with a blue verified badge on their Twitter profile is a verified account.

This week Twitter launched two new features for verified users: notifications when another verified user follows them, plus the option to filter their followers so only verified users are visible on iOS.

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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.