Oonagh Keating. Updated November 2nd, 2022
Elon Musk, new owner, CEO and Dictator for Life of Twitter, has thrown the cat among the bluebirds by announcing charges for Twitter verfication – blue ticks.
As well as causing an entertaining exchange between Musk and Stephen King, the move became a main talking point on Twitter, in a crowded field of Matt Hancock’s I’m a Celebrity appearance and giant baubles rolling around London.
Blue tick on twitter is signifier of clot.
Those with clout will lose their clout if they appear to be paying for this vanity badge.
Those with no clot will buy and signal it and try to appear important.
End result : chaos. But maybe that’s what the end goal is.
— Kunal Shah (@kunalb11) November 1, 2022
Imagine being the loser who pays $8 a month for a blue tick though. lol.
, (@twlldun) November 1, 2022
Do you want to buy a blue tick? They’re 20 bucks, no wait… eight bucks. You gotta buy one, the ad revenue won’t pay the bills alone! pic.twitter.com/5ZidD9RWSB
— Ned Hartley (@NedHartley) November 1, 2022
I didn’t ask for, want or consent to being blue ticked. It just happened. Anyone who is going to pay $20 a month to keep that is an idiot. The tick isn’t even blue for a start. I’m not paying $20 for something blue that isn’t even blue.
— Richard K Herring (@Herring1967) November 1, 2022
Musk explained his thinking on the charge – and the extras accompanying it.
A lot of people pointed out the problem with the pay-as-you-glow system.
I think this is a fundamental misunderstanding of how verification is supposed to work. A blue check has been perceived as a status symbol for some time when really it’s just supposed to tell you if a page is authentic or not.
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) November 1, 2022
These responses say it all.
Lords and peasant system is bullshit power to the people [two tweets later] please pay to be prioritized over the peasants pic.twitter.com/M0JVvA8uwm
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) November 1, 2022
— Bhavesh Kansara (@kansaratva) November 1, 2022
— Michael Glasper (@michaelglasper) November 1, 2022
That’s not power to the people—
That’s power to the rich, regardless of merit
… and regardless of need to be verified (ie stop confusion via impersonations).
— Mike Galsworthy (@mikegalsworthy) November 1, 2022
— Fred Delicious (@Fred_Delicious) November 1, 2022
Firstly: does that mean anyone can buy a blue tick? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of the blue tick?
2nd: it’s mad to me that Stephen King can say no to paying $20 and Elon Musk can just pluck a new price out of thin air.
— Summer Ray (@SummerRay) November 1, 2022
Even if I thought a blue tick and the added facilities were worth 8 quid, I wouldn’t give it to Elon Musk.
— Michael Volpe OBE (@NoisyMV) November 1, 2022
Isn’t the verification to prove it’s the person / band that they claim to be??? There are zero other benefits. If you care about ‘peasants’ there is maybe a better home for your billions.
— Tim Burgess (@Tim_Burgess) November 1, 2022
Me to my blue tick pic.twitter.com/XQNhQuq24c
— Tez (@tezilyas) November 1, 2022
Billionaire preaching about Lords and peasants is quite the sight
— Otto English (@Otto_English) November 1, 2022
— Ben Dreyfuss (@bendreyfuss) November 1, 2022
— Fancy Brenda ️🌈🏳️⚧️ (they/them) (@SpillerOfTea) November 1, 2022
“Priorities in replies” is something only a celeb would think is important. Most tweets get like 2 replies tops, this only matters for like, come-to-brazil stan twitter and weirdos who reply to like, Joe Biden
— Katie Notopoulos (@katienotopoulos) November 1, 2022
— Tom Hamilton (@thhamilton) November 1, 2022
“Down with the lords and peasants system!” – the richest man in the world asking you to pay him $96/year in the name of “free speech.” pic.twitter.com/wtoxMfOKOQ
— Sawyer Hackett (@SawyerHackett) November 1, 2022
This checks out.
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) November 1, 2022
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