Twitter to add 'verified accounts' this summer

In light of the recent happenings regarding the St. Louis Cardinals manager and the fake tweets made in his name by Tony La Russa, it is reported that Twitter has decided to utilize an implementation of "verified accounts" and will begin rolling them out this summer.

Accounts which are verified will feature a special seal, showing that they are authenticated by the person the account claims to be from.

Verification will begin with high profile Twits, artists, athletes, celebrities and the like while eventually expanding to verify a further wealth of accounts.

The fact of the matter remains that with many of the high profile accounts on Twitter, we cannot be sure if their claims are accurate until they verify them in person somehow. As a platform which touts social connection, it isn't optimal that verification have to be done outside of the application and in many ways defeats the efficiency of Twitter, by forcing users to have to research elsewhere to make sure that when someone Twits that they've done something, they actually have done something.

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I tried twice to get into Twitter and both times gave it up within two weeks of starting an account. I really decided I didn't give a crap if my friend just got home from a movie or if anyone cared that I was at work on a boring night.

I think Twitter could be useful if it was limited to a business scale. It's too bad the celebrity folks have taken it over - but they will move on to something else within the year.

soLoredd said,
I tried twice to get into Twitter and both times gave it up within two weeks of starting an account. I really decided I didn't give a crap if my friend just got home from a movie or if anyone cared that I was at work on a boring night..

Then remove that friend.

soLoredd said,
I think Twitter could be useful if it was limited to a business scale. It's too bad the celebrity folks have taken it over - but they will move on to something else within the year.

How do you mean? Plenty of businesses use it as well. Just subscribe to the businesses and ignore the celebs then? It's opt-in after all. It's a very generic service, like mail, sms, rss feeds, etc. How would restricting it to a business scale make it more useful?

"I'm not a 'Twitter' person no... im more of a 'Shh' person. I've subscribed to this 'Shh' service where you write something down... but don't send it anywhere."
- Hugh Laurie

I mainly use Twitter to get news and updates on my favorite celebrities, not to hear regular people say they are eating, or showering at all! And personal just say something that doesn't usually qualify a thread for... you know, but it's still NOT like "I am eating or showering" type of comments.

I think anyone who just post these "I am eating... " "I am showering" nonsense. You SHOULDN'T even follow!

It's okay to tweet i am eating as long as you say, "First time I try eating a monkey brain alive...*shudder*" now that's more interesting! lol

michael.dobrofsky said,
It'll eventually slim down to just being a media/celeb promotion tool, I think. Plus, the few diehards who want to tell the world what they are eating.


I guess you qualify for the second group.

You don't just have to tell others what you are doing. You know. You Can follow what others are saying. The whole mentality that everybody is only saying worthless crap is absurd... sure there are many bad seeds, but there can be good ones too!

It's funny how you guys are finding all those people just tell you what they are eating, they are showering, etc BS... I don't have that kind of tweets that much at all, period.

+1 i think it's a great tool for keeping up with friends and celebs, the majority of my clients also find it vastly easier to update their Twitter than anything else so i always know what's going on and they know whether i'm available in the office or whatever.