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7:59 pm on Jun 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Twitter Starts Account Verification To Help Stop Impersonators [news.cnet.com]
They're here--sort of. Twitter has launched the early beta phase of its "verified accounts" program, a background-check for celebrities and other prominent users of the service to weed out impersonators and fake accounts. If they pass the test, they get a graphic "badge" much like a PayPal verified account's.

"We're starting with well-known accounts that have had problems with impersonation or identity confusion," an explanation from Twitter read. "We may verify more accounts in the future, but because of the cost and time required, we're only testing this feature with a small set of folks for the time being. As the test progresses we may be able to expand this test to more accounts over the next several months."

11:39 pm on June 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I guess Twitter didnt beleive that I was a guy named Barack Obama and was president of "something".
1:23 pm on June 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Good call Twitter!
10:48 pm on June 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Has Twitter made a dime of income yet?
3:28 am on June 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Today I put a link from my site to Twitter. It was kind of funny when I put:

<a href="http://twitter.com/My_URL" rel="NoFollow">Follow MySite on Twitter!</a>

:)

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Barack Obama and was president of "something" - sounds about right to me....
7:18 pm on June 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Yes, too many stories recently of posers. Pretty funny though :)
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BTW -- fargo1999 -- that is funny. We just added a twitter link on our blog with a no follow. The irony is funny :)
9:33 pm on June 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Thank you for the news.
Anyway,
How can I change the page background of my twitter profile? I'm newon twitter.
12:19 pm on June 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Ok, so I don't twitter, and I don't follow anyone on it, but I was just wondering, do we know how such a verification will take place?

Reading the twitter page on it, they just say they get in contact with the twitterer (is that the proper term of one who is on twitter?) - I guess it'll be a little more complex than an email that says -'Are you the real guy? Click here to verify your account'...

Hmmm...maybe I need to get famous, start twittering, get someone to impersonate me, so I can see what happens!