I am not a celebrity. I am not an athlete. I do not have a million followers. More people don’t care about what I tweet than do care. I do what I have always done. I tweet content that interests me. I argue with people. I get blocked by people. I block people. While there is a slight slant to legal issues and sports, my content is pretty much all over the board. Nothing out of the ordinary in a day of the life of someone active on Twitter. I was impersonated once with a bogus account but Twitter took care of that quickly. Never happened again. So how did I get that “coveted” blue check-mark that in reality wont even get you a free cup of coffee at Starbucks or a free Footlong from Subway that is really eleven inches?
About 4 months ago, I started getting Direct Messages(DM’s) from “Verified Accounts. It told me to click on a link. That link took me to a page that told me that if I answered a few basic questions about Twitter and gave a phone number I would be verified. My reaction? YEA RIGHT! SCAM! I thought it was a scam to get my cell phone number and start bombarding me with ” Big Butt Suzie” XXX porn texts. I got these DM’s for a couple weeks. I deleted them. I went about my business tweeting, blocking and arguing.
About a month after that, I logged into the Twitter web-based application. This time there was a banner from Twitter seamlessly integrated into my web browser again asking me if I wanted to get verified. This looked legit. I decided to go for it. This time I did not have to answer any basic questions about how to use Twitter. It simply asked for my phone number. I entered it and the coveted blue check-mark appeared on my account. I was “verified”. Why did they choose me? I don’t have a freaking clue. What does that mean? In reality, not much at all. My followers did not increase 10-fold. No interview requests from major media outlets based on my new status. My hemorrhoids did not go away. I was the same old guy. Tweeting, arguing, blocking, getting blocked and being a general douche at times when people annoy me.
So how do you get verified? I will leave it to the self-appointed social media gurus, mavens and rock-stars to outline all the gyrations and useless social media “techniques” that will help you increase your chances of that happening. I am here to tell you that in the end, except for some specific impersonation issues, it doesn’t mean squat.
Have a nice day!