fun reading by Hamish Hector Here – there is a Chrome extension where it will tell you if the user has been verified with a blue tick, or if they got one by subscribing to blue twitter when she was alive.
Let’s be clear – there will be no alternative to Twitter. Nothing can really be, but there are potential alternatives.
With that in mind, We have three for you to consider.
This was my first tweet. I wonder what will be the last. https://t.co/pfruo5mqtUNovember 11, 2022
Here is our US editor-in-chief Lance Ulanoff showing his first tweet in 2007.
Since it includes bread, it’s already a great tweet in my book. The next question for me is, could his last tweet include bread to close it?
On October 30, Elon Musk, CEO and founder of Space X, the CEO of Tesla, finally took over Twitter after long-term acquisition from the platform.
In less than a month, we’ve seen the verification process become irrelevant and confusing due to Twitter Blue subscription service Being able to give any user a blue tick, there was also a massive firing of employees.
On November 11, Twitter Blue was completely removed, and there has been silence from Musk since then.
Therefore, it is almost inevitable that the Blue Tick verification process appears to have been done.
The chaos continues. Twitter pulls the plug on Twitter Blue, subscriptions and the blue check mark for paid verification are no longer available.November 11, 2022
As the above tweet explains, the chaos continues – which is why we started this live blog. Q s is happening?
Here’s an example of how hard it can be to spot some of these fake accounts:
The first account is the verified official account. The second is a fake $8 thanks to a Musk subscription. It’s easy to tell when you look at your follower count, and very hard to tell when you share it in your feed. Actually impossible without clicking. HTmeemalee to discover it. pic.twitter.com/uKumOYRTeINovember 10, 2022
Musk himself has fallen victim to this, with countless fake accounts appearing to be him – and with Blue Tick to prove it. This appears to be the straw that broke the camel’s back, as Musk then backed away from some of the more lax elements of the new verification process.
From now on, accounts involved in parody must include “parody” in their names, not just in a resume.November 11, 2022
However, as people expected, verified accounts started popping up on Twitter, and while it was clear that many of them were parody, because they had a ‘Blue Tick’, it became hard to tell, especially with the more accurate accounts.
Unsurprisingly, the individuals and companies who were ridiculed were not too happy about this.
A brand new satirical Twitter account has been launched that paid for verification and chose the display name of ESPN’s Adam Schefter who tweeted Josh McDaniels. The seemingly credible tweet has received nearly 10,000 shares. Twitter suspended the account two hours later. https://t.co/diegQfkpA1November 9, 2022
Worryingly for Twitter, several brands have started to announce that they are no longer advertising on the platform.
Despite concerns and complaints, Musk was initially dismissive.
For all complainers, please keep complaining, but it will cost $8November 2, 2022
By posting memes about people’s complaints, he left many people feeling that he was not taking the issue seriously.
Perhaps the most controversial thing about Musk’s acquisition of Twitter has been the changes in how accounts are verified.
Previously, if the verified account was for a media port (such as tech radar (Opens in a new tab)) or another organization that posted something, you’ll at least know it came from an official source. Blue Check also made it possible for Twitter users to know the difference between the many celebrities on Twitter and the users they were imitating.
However, Musk implemented a change that would allow anyone to get verified for $8 per month.
The current Twitter lords and peasants system of who has or doesn’t have a blue checkmark is bullshit. The power of the people! Blue for $8 a month.November 1, 2022
This has led some people to worry that users may pretend to be official and easily verifiable accounts, making it difficult for people to tell which accounts are real – and which ones are not. And that’s exactly what happened.