I thought I wanted the Twitter Verification Badge

June 1, 2021 ∙∙∙ views 4 min read

Recently Twitter opened up their new verification system to the public. This means everyone can apply to be verified on Twitter.

I'm no influencer, but I thought that after two years of using Twitter pretty much daily, it would count for something.

I had other Twitter accounts in the past, my first account was actually in 2007, almost when Twitter was created.

I don't expect any special treatment, I expect Twitter to treat their users like they should. I recently came across a profile that uses a doodle avatar of myself, actually, the one you can see me using as a favicon on this same website. I reported this to Twitter and their response was that there's nothing they can do because that account is not doing anything wrong.

I had friends on Twitter reaching out, sending me the profile and asking if I wasn't using that avatar a few months ago. Now, I don't care because honestly, it's a doodle, but it still sucked that Twitter did nothing about it.

Twitter response:

"Hello,

Thanks for sending us your report. In order for an account to be in violation of the impersonation policy, it must portray another person or business in a misleading or deceptive manner. You can read the full policy on our help center.

We've investigated the account you reported, and have determined that it is not in violation.

We understand this might be a frustrating outcome, but we appreciate your report, and hope you’ll let us know about other potential violations in the future."

What do I take from this? Everyone can use other person's avatar, profile pic, etc; as long as it's not in a misleading or deceptive manner. What a load of baloney.


It baffles me that I see accounts verified with 800 followers, and others such as @naval with 1.3M followers or even @traversymedia not being verified.

Aside from the 147K+ followers that Brad have on Twitter, he has 1.53M subscribers on YouTube. I think it would make sense to verify these accounts, but maybe that's just me.


From what I've seen on Twitter, either you know someone on the inside, that can really escalate a verification request or don't even bother applying for one.

Another good approach is, if you have tens of thousands of followers you can always play victim and cry about it on Twitter.

I cried about it:

I joke about it:

Doesn't always work though. I don't anyone on Twitter, how more stupid can I be? A little more I guess.


I heard in the past that a lot of people don't trust accounts that are verified, because it doesn't mean anything, since there are no rules into how nor who can get verified.

Don't forget we're talking about a website that has loads of racism, but God forbid providing the right tools for their real users.


I did apply for a verification badge once Twitter opened it for the public.

Although, after doing some research I will not be applying for verification anymore. I'm even considering leaving Twitter all together.

The most valueable thing I took from Twitter was that I got to meet great people, truth be told, I don't need to use it to keep in touch with those I cherish.


The bottom line is, Twitter verification process is broken, like a lot of things. It's worth chasing the blue badge? I don't think so.

Twitter had many, many problems in the past, it can be great in some aspects, but in the ones it's not, it's by far.

Don't get me wrong, I still think it's a great social network, it just has a long, long way to go, verification status is just the tip of the iceberg.