Those of you that have followed the Blazing Minds blog over the last four years or so have seen that the Official Blazing Minds Twitter has gone from strength to strength and now has well over 32,000+ followers.
You may have also seen a post I did sometime back with an issue that the Blazing Minds Bio on Twitter has been copied several times and that other users claim to be the Official Blazing Minds Twitter, so what can be done!?
Blazing Minds Still Doesn’t Get That Verified Blue Twitter Tick
Ok for starters, I’ve contacted @Twitter and even been in touch with their @Verified account, to try to sort issues out, with no luck.
The only thing I get told is follow the guidelines in the Twitter Help Center to prove that I’m who I say I am, so, I’ve done what was said, which was to link my profile from my official website and also include a twitter follow button. DONE!
And yet, Twitter still haven’t verified my account, looking through the many websites about verified accounts, some say they only give the tick to celebrities (32,000+ followers, a blog that is probably the most popular blog on the North Wales coast, I’m a bit of a local celebrity, I’ve signed plenty of autographs), still not a thing from Twitter!
Why Is Verification So Hard?
Beats me! But according to Twitter the proactively check accounts to verify users, obviously not as well as they should be as my bio has been duplicated several times, plus you may have to pay $15,000 for advertising on Twitter for a blue tick, yeah like who’s got that?
Twitter also mention that they “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“.
See that? Yes those sections of the Twitter Verified Help Page are key elements to myself, I’m a journalist, I also have a business where I promote big names, Thomas Nicholas (@TINBand) springs to mind, via the articles that are produced and read all over the world in many formats and that business is also moving format to producing venues.
I’m also an individual at risk of impersonation, at the last Twitter search I found more than a dozen Twitter users claiming on their bios that they are me, surely that is a risk of impersonation!!
Blazing Minds Still Doesn’t Get That Verified Blue Twitter Tick And The Fight Goes On!
I’ve jumped through all the hoops that Twitter has set up to have a verified Twitter account and now the time has come for everyone’s help.
I know a lot of you out there that are big fans of Blazing Minds and the articles, tweets, Facebook status updates and much more, so I would like to ask you all to ReTweet a tweet I made earlier to @Twitter and @Verified to help with getting @BlazingMinds the blur tick that it deserves.
So please everyone RT the tweet below and show Twitter that Blazing Minds is worthy of the little tick. Thanks everyone.
— Karen Woodham (@BlazingMinds) November 2, 2012
Please also remember to leave a comment and I will answer all your comments and stop by your blogs.
UPDATE TO THE ARTICLE
OK folks after writing this article I got in touch with Twitter, again, and supplied the information they required, such as a copy of my driver’s license to prove I am who I say I am.
After a short while I received a reply saying:
It sounds like you are having issues involving your brand rather than having an issue regarding the impersonation of an individual. In order for us to assist you with this issue, we’ll need to obtain all necessary details. Please review the links below for more help with your issue ….
OK that’s interesting, so I did what they told me to do, filled in the forms and went through the process of adding all the twitter users that are claiming to be me and then clicked send to wait for their next response.
A few days later another reply from twitter arrived in my inbox:
We’ve reviewed the reported accounts and determined that the profiles not in violation of Twitter’s Impersonation Policy. The account is not being used in a way that is misleading or confusing with regard to its brand or business affiliation.
Now originally, I told them tweeters were impersonating me, by saying on their bios, that they are me! So TWitter in their wisdom decided that I was a brand and should fill in the other form, then upon filling in the form, I’m told the above!
Where the hell do you stand on this complete craziness, now what, do I try again and just get in touch through the forms again, only to be fobbed off by a Twitter employee that believes that if some is saying on their Twitter that they are me, then they are not braking any guidelines.
Surely by saying they are saying that they are a person that is the owner of a blog and they aren’t they are braking rules somewhere!
Suffice to say I did reply to the last message received from Twitter on the 7th Nov and am still waiting for a response on the situation, if anyone else has any ideas, then I would love to hear them.
A big, BIG, thank you to everyone who is supporting me on this situation in attempt to get Twitter to help and sort of the situation in the way that it should be sorted!
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