Twitter tiptoes into class system territory with new verified user features

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Twitter rolled out a new feature yesterday that allows those with a verified/VIP account to communicate with other verified accounts.

The move is aimed at making sure celebrities and others in the public eye aren’t put off by the excessive noise generated by legions of fans, critics, and news that references their Twitter user name. Unfortunately, it also means that verified accounts hold far more value and access than regular accounts, which pushes the social network into a class system-esque territory.

The update means those with a Verified Twitter account will now get a mobile alert whenever another verified account follows them. Twitter’s iOS app will also allow verified users to access a feed of updates from only the other verified accounts they follow.

“We hope these two features will help verified users easily connect with each other so we can continue to deliver those only-on-Twitter conversations to users,” Twitter wrote in a blog post.

Twitter originally introduced verified accounts to make sure those in the public eye didn’t have impersonators fooling the masses with fake or parody accounts. They make perfect sense for this purpose, but Twitter also benefited because it helped attract more high-profile personalities to the social network. The new feature update is likely being done for the same reason.

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13 comments
anildash
anildash

@dearsarah @sarahjeong (not sure if my experience is valid, being verified but not a celeb, and someone who actually gets threats/doxxed.)

anildash
anildash

@dearsarah @sarahjeong just noting that, in sum, they enable all kinds of interaction with verified users but do nothing to curtail abuse.

doughty_jeff
doughty_jeff

@JumpVote I'm put off by the excessive noise generated by liberal know-it-all celebrities. Is Twitter going to do something about that?

dearsarah
dearsarah

@anildash @sarahjeong I don't agree; verified accounts have the ability to filter, which is significant. And superior customer service

dearsarah
dearsarah

@sarahjeong @anildash And that's why I am kindly calling out your verified privilege and asking you to stop denying & defending it:)

anildash
anildash

@dearsarah @sarahjeong ah, sorry: it's 100% a privilege I was given. Unquestionably. I was just saying it's also not very good software.