Not days after announcing it on their blog, Twitter has begun roll out of their new verified accounts program. Social Media blog Mashable were one of the first to announce and receive the “verified account” status with a logo above their username.
Twitter is keen to point out:
This also does not mean that accounts without the ‘Verified Account’ badge are fake. The vast majority of accounts on the system are not impersonators, and we don’t have the ability to check 100% of them. For now, we’ve only verified a handful of accounts to help with cases of mistaken identity or impersonation.
One thing you can do if we haven’t verified an account you’re wondering about is to check the official web site of the person and see if there’s a link back to their Twitter profile. (Again, lack of a link does not imply impersonation, either.)
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You can apply for verified status by visiting the verified accounts help page.