How many times have you been communicating with a celebrity on Facebook, only to find out that the person behind the page is a phony? Aggravating, isn’t it? Well, those days are. . . almost. . . over. Facebook is now verifying the validity of celebrity profiles and high-profile pages.
See the blue check-mark. That means that this page belongs to the one and only Selena Gomez. Well, I’m sure there are more girls names Selena Gomez in the world, but this is the famous one.
Back in 2011, Google+ tried something like this where they asked people to send copies of their driver’s licenses to prove their identity. There was some celebrity privacy backlash and I don’t know what become of that program. Didn’t Facebook try this route as well? Remember that push to verify that you were who you said you were, celebrity or not?
The one social network that has been getting it right for awhile is Twitter. I don’t know how they verify their high-profile accounts but I’ve never seen it go wrong. I have seen celebs saying they’re trying to get verified but can’t. I follow a lot of people in the entertainment biz so I like seeing that BLUE CHECK-MARK. Twitter’s blue is lighter and wavy, still it’s good to see us all finding a common ground to communicate.
Verified Pages belong to a small group of prominent public figures (celebrities, journalists, government officials, popular brands and businesses) with large audiences. This update is rolling out to profiles as well.
I don’t qualify. So you’ll just have to take my word for it when I say THIS is really me. Not much to see there, I know. I’m much more of a Twitter gal than a Facebook fiend, so if you do want to follow me, Twitter is the way to go.
Back on track. Facebook doesn’t say how they’re verifying profiles, but a writer for TechCrunch was verified today and he didn’t do a thing. Facebook does say that you can’t ask to be verified but you can report a fake account.
Funny thing, when I went to actor Jason O’Mara’s Twitter in order to grab his verified profile pic, I saw this:
— Jason O'Mara (@jason_omara) May 28, 2013
Without a verification system, the question of who is real and not always comes up. It’s less of a problem on Facebook, but it’s good to see them taking steps to make sure people get the real deal when they hit the page.