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Elon Musk and the Blue Check Marks
« on: November 02, 2022, 06:55:09 AM »
This development by Elon wanting to charge for the blue check marks is hilarious to watch.  You have multi-millionaire entertainers with HUGE egos who are complaining because they don't want to pay a "gazillionaire" $8/month for their blue check mark.

I would be willing to bet dollars to donuts that at least 80% of them will pay the fee!  Even if he left it at $20/month, they would pay it.  Their ego will not allow them to lose that cherished blue check mark.   :rotf:

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Re: Elon Musk and the Blue Check Marks
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2022, 07:45:29 AM »
At this point, I'm willing to wager that 75% of the existing blue checks will quietly disappear as the self described "Head Twit" delegates his minions to clean house of all the 'bots on the site for the sole purpose of influencing public opinion. I'm under no delusion that those won't be replaced with new 'bots just as fast as the old ones are scrapped (it is an election year, after all...)
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Re: Elon Musk and the Blue Check Marks
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2022, 09:50:14 AM »
What exactly does this "blue check mark" denote? That somebody ponied up some money for the PRIVILEGE of posting on Twatter?

Kinda like "keeping up with the Joneses", eh?  :whatever:
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Re: Elon Musk and the Blue Check Marks
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2022, 09:58:48 AM »
Blue-Checks have been verified as real people, and have been paying $5 a month for that status.
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Re: Elon Musk and the Blue Check Marks
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2022, 10:08:16 AM »
Blue-Checks have been verified as real people, and have been paying $5 a month for that status.

That's interesting, especially the part about being verified as a "real person."

What happens if I sign up my dog Fido, identify her as a "real person", and pony up the $5 monthly extortion membership fee. Does she get a blue check too?  :rotf:

Fakebook got to be stupid in its quest to drown people it didn't like by putting them in Fakebook jail for a while, but AFAIK, paying to play wasn't part of the deal.
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Re: Elon Musk and the Blue Check Marks
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2022, 04:22:28 PM »
I think some of the blue checkmarks are for celebrities, high profile journalists, authors ... things like that.  THOSE were the people I was talking about.

It's so not just anyone can sign up and be Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and start posing as him and posting whatever they want.

Think of people with huge inflated egos.  You think they're going to let that blue check go?  They had to be vetted and NEED to be known.

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Re: Elon Musk and the Blue Check Marks
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2022, 07:51:22 PM »
I think some of the blue checkmarks are for celebrities, high profile journalists, authors ... things like that.  THOSE were the people I was talking about.

It's so not just anyone can sign up and be Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and start posing as him and posting whatever they want.

Think of people with huge inflated egos.  You think they're going to let that blue check go?  They had to be vetted and NEED to be known.

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Thanks, KC. I took a few minutes and explored the Twattersphere and encountered this link.

https://help.twitter.com/en/managing-your-account/about-twitter-verified-accounts

Good God, while a pile of certified bullshit. Provide Twitter a photocopy of my driver's license? For a freaking blue check mark on a web site? Get real..... :whatever:   :lmao:
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Re: Elon Musk and the Blue Check Marks
« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2022, 06:04:25 AM »
Thanks, KC. I took a few minutes and explored the Twattersphere and encountered this link.

https://help.twitter.com/en/managing-your-account/about-twitter-verified-accounts

Good God, while a pile of certified bullshit. Provide Twitter a photocopy of my driver's license? For a freaking blue check mark on a web site? Get real..... :whatever:   :lmao:


Good link!  I noticed one of the criteria is that you must be 'Notable'.

Here is their definition of notable;

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Your account must represent or otherwise be associated with a prominently recognized individual or brand, in line with the notability criteria described below. In addition to confirming the identity of the controller of the account, Twitter will Verify the following types of accounts based on the criteria described. In all categories, Twitter may independently confirm qualifying affiliation through business partnerships or direct outreach. For each category we may request the following type of information to confirm notability:

News Coverage: Provide news articles that are about or reference yourself or your organization multiple times in the article. These articles must be from Verified news organizations and cannot be a blog or self-published content. Some categories may require you to submit articles that reference or link to your or your organization’s Twitter handle in addition to referring to you or your organization.

Google Trends: Provide a link to a profile on Google Trends that depicts search history and is linked to the category in which you are applying.
Wikipedia: Provide a link to a stable Wikipedia article about you or your organization that meets the encyclopedia’s notability standards.
Other industry specific references: Depending on the category, we may ask for more industry specific references such as a link to an IMDB page for entertainment.

Follower or Mention Count: If your account is detected to be in the top .05% follower or mention count for your geographic location, it may count towards notability evidence for certain categories.

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Do you think the AOC's of the world are going to let that blue check mark go?  I don't.  I think people like AOC would be willing to pay far more per month just to keep it.

Having said that and using AOC as a reference, I could see her trying to set it up so elected government officials (who are far enough up the election ladder, IE; federal service) should get their check mark paid for by the government.  After all, you wouldn't want someone to snatch your name and post stuff you disagree with, right?

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Re: Elon Musk and the Blue Check Marks
« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2022, 07:53:20 AM »
Blue Checks are celebrities, celebre-wannabes, pols, of the punditocracy & commentariat, etc. ... mostly very whateverable.
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Re: Elon Musk and the Blue Check Marks
« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2022, 09:16:21 AM »

Good link!  I noticed one of the criteria is that you must be 'Notable'.

Here is their definition of notable;


Do you think the AOC's of the world are going to let that blue check mark go?  I don't.  I think people like AOC would be willing to pay far more per month just to keep it.

AOC and her ilk are completely deluded in themselves and their egos. Nope, they couldn't let that blue check go. But then again, I don't see Musk shitcanning the blue check idea either. So it's kinda moot.

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Having said that and using AOC as a reference, I could see her trying to set it up so elected government officials (who are far enough up the election ladder, IE; federal service) should get their check mark paid for by the government.  After all, you wouldn't want someone to snatch your name and post stuff you disagree with, right?

 :lmao:

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Of course -- that's the way she rolls. The gubmint provides all for everybody. Free money!

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Re: Elon Musk and the Blue Check Marks
« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2022, 12:24:07 PM »


There’s lots of free ones out there  :-)
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Re: Elon Musk and the Blue Check Marks
« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2022, 06:29:53 PM »
AOC and Stephen King lash out at Elon Musk’s $8 Twitter verification fee. Gen Z weighs in
https://www.foxnews.com/tech/aoc-stephen-king-lash-elon-musks-8-twitter-verification-fee-gen-z-weighs

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Some University of Texas at Austin students raised their eyebrows at public figures like Stephen King and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., complaining about Elon Musk's plan to charge $8 per month for Twitter verification.

"It's a bit silly," one UT student told Fox News. But he added: "I don't really care, to be honest."

Another student called it "capitalism at its finest."

King and Ocasio-Cortez got into spats with Musk on Twitter after the social media giant's new owner announced the verification charge. King said Twitter should pay him, while Ocasio-Cortez argued that it was like charging for free speech.

Nobody is forcing you to pay $8 for the blue check marks.
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Re: Elon Musk and the Blue Check Marks
« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2022, 07:43:22 PM »
AOC and Stephen King lash out at Elon Musk’s $8 Twitter verification fee. Gen Z weighs in
https://www.foxnews.com/tech/aoc-stephen-king-lash-elon-musks-8-twitter-verification-fee-gen-z-weighs

Nobody is forcing you to pay $8 for the blue check marks.

What a concept! Just don't do Twitter! (It's possible -- believe me, I know.)  :-)
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Re: Elon Musk and the Blue Check Marks
« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2022, 08:00:28 PM »
AOC and Stephen King lash out at Elon Musk’s $8 Twitter verification fee. Gen Z weighs in
https://www.foxnews.com/tech/aoc-stephen-king-lash-elon-musks-8-twitter-verification-fee-gen-z-weighs

Nobody is forcing you to pay $8 for the blue check marks.


I’m glad to see someone calling them out. Those who have the check mark should look at it like taxes, as were told by the left, “be glad you’re in a position to pay it.”

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Re: Elon Musk and the Blue Check Marks
« Reply #14 on: November 05, 2022, 08:07:54 AM »
... Just don't do Twitter! (It's possible -- believe me, I know.)  :-)

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Re: Elon Musk and the Blue Check Marks
« Reply #15 on: November 05, 2022, 10:49:29 AM »
That's interesting, especially the part about being verified as a "real person."

What happens if I sign up my dog Fido, identify her as a "real person", and pony up the $5 monthly extortion membership fee. Does she get a blue check too?  :rotf:

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Thanks for the laugh Euph!

In that case I could easily sign up our rescue cat  (an actual Russian Blue)  and identify her as a "real"  person/feline!  :-)

And she had bloody better get a coveted blue check!!!   :rotf:

Not that I would care ... but she might!  :-)
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Re: Elon Musk and the Blue Check Marks
« Reply #16 on: November 05, 2022, 11:02:59 AM »
What a concept! Just don't do Twitter! (It's possible -- believe me, I know.)  :-)

It most definitely is possible!

I have never had the slightest desire to do so ...

And never will! They can continue to carry on without me!
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Re: Elon Musk and the Blue Check Marks
« Reply #17 on: November 05, 2022, 06:39:37 PM »
The above being said ...

Once again am outta here for the night, and you can stop all the :clap:  :clap:  ing!  :-)

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Re: Elon Musk and the Blue Check Marks
« Reply #18 on: November 05, 2022, 06:47:21 PM »
The above being said ...

Once again am outta here for the night, and you can stop all the :clap:  :clap:  ing!  :-)

Is my night off once again from making dinner,   :yahoo: and am about to sit down to ribs & chili!!!  Mr. ABC  loves to use his Green Egg to cook ribs, and I taught  him how to my chili recipe!  :-)

See ya all tomorrow!  :bolt:

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Outstanding!  Enjoy your evening missus.

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