SOCIAL NETWORK OF BRIEF QUIPS Twitter is letting its high echelon of verified Twitter users set up their accounts so that they hover above the chattering of the lower classes.
Twitter's verified accounts are awarded to people who are well known and acknowledged in their fields. It is a blue tick-mark and appears next to the names of websites, companies, celebrities, business people and footballers.
You cannot ask the firm for a tick-mark and it only grants them when it decides that the time is right. Follower count does not factor in these decisions by Twitter.
"Twitter proactively verifies accounts on an ongoing basis to make it easier for users to find who they're looking for. We concentrate on highly sought users in music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, advertising, business, and other key interest areas. We verify business partners from time to time and individuals at high risk of impersonation. We are constantly updating our requirements for verification," explained the firm on its website.
"We do not accept requests for verification from the general public. If you fall under one of the above categories and your Twitter account meets our qualifications for verification, we may reach out to you in the future."
Those that are cosseted under the blue tick-mark banner can now set up their accounts so that they are not troubled with the tweets uttered by the rest of the world's rabble.
Twitter said that the feature offers three different settings to blue tickers that let them filter out mentions of their names by people who might be complaining about or badmouthing them.
"One item of feedback we've gotten from verified users: an easier way to manage the large number of conversations they're in," Twitter said in a blog post.
"As a first step, we'll be rolling out the ability for verified users to go to their Connect tab on the web and toggle between mentions in three categories: all, filtered and verified. Selecting 'Filtered' will show mentions based on an algorithm we use to filter out spam, and choosing 'Verified' means they'll only see mentions from other verified accounts." µ
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