Have you ever wondered about that blue badge beside celebrities' names on Twitter?
Resting up. Relaxing. Chill day— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) April 12, 2013
According to Twitter, it's known as a Verified Account. Twitter does this to...
"establish authenticity of identities on Twitter. The verified badge helps users discover high-quality sources of information and trust that a legitimate source is authoring the account's tweets."
Twitter also says it depends on the region you live in, not necessarily your follower count, and it must meet a certain criteria for verification.
To learn more about official Twitter verification, read this.
With all this being said, it's come to our attention at FWtCT that Scott Stricklin, Dan Mullen, Rick Ray, and John Cohen have all been recently verified. Maybe various, and sometimes obnoxious and/annoying, parody accounts had a roll in this. Maybe just more professional communication was the reason. Not sure but it does put an interesting national social media spin on it.
Other college football coaches have followed this Twitter routine. Les Miles, Bo Pelini, Kevin Sumlin, Larry Fedora, Mark Stoops, Brian Kelly, and Steve Sarkisian all have that blue badge, but big names like Will Muschamp, Butch Jones, James Franklin, Jay Paterno, Urban Meyer, David Cutcliffe, Bret Bielema, and Mark Richt have accounts but no verification. Some coaches choose to not even do the Twitter, like Nick Saban. Actually his coaches collectively run an account.
What does this mean to you? Anything? Everything? Nothing? From our research and from what it's worth, it does look like college coaches with verified Twitter accounts are definitely in the minority.
Oh. Before you think you will get your Twitter account verified, you won't. Twitter is very clear on addressing that public accounts are not eligible. It breaks our social media heart, too. If you have no life, tons of time on your hands, and want to trick your friends, check this out.