April 1, 2023

Talked myself into buying the blue check.

37 comments:

loudogblog said...

I'm not a big Twitter person but I am curious to see how this blue check situation will work out. I suspect that some people will buy blue checks and get in trouble for pretending to be famous people. Remember how Kathy Griffin got in trouble for pretending to be Musk? I also think that most famous people who can afford it will get the blue checks. And, of course, there will be the famous people who will never buy one. (Just to make a point.)

Plus, I read that businesses will have to pay $1000 a month to get gold checks to verify what they are. That's going to be some serious money for Twitter.

rcocean said...

Good for you. I think its the best move.

Narayanan said...

show me on tweet where MuskMan bluechek you!

Maynard said...

I have yet to talk myself into using Twitter.

Are there good reasons to use it, aside from supporting Elon?

dbp said...

Hopefully, this means that you'll tweet more.

n.n said...

Judge not by the color of my label, but by the content of my postings. The second hardest job.

Gusty Winds said...

Good for you professor. You're voice, blog, and writing are significant.

Zavier Onasses said...

Hurrah! Hurrah! And your tweet has already garnered four hearts.

Leland said...

6 likes and only one reply. I think that is called a good ratio.

Jupiter said...

I'm thinking that $8/month is an affordable sacrifice for whatever you feel you are receiving in return. This has nothing to do with the marketplace of ideas. It's simply the marketplace of services.

Jupiter said...

Interesting point. Your blue check assures the reader that you are, in fact, you (But is that a legal presumption?). Presumably, this imposes a degree of circumspection on you. There are things you might say anonymously that you would not say with your blue check next to your name.

Q - To what extent does the popularity of your blog rest upon the fact that you have had, from day one, a figurative blue check? Would we still be here if the blog were written by "Former Law Professor Ann Onymous"?

madAsHell said...

Gee, it seems like it was just yesterday when you said something like "Twitter doesn't generate any new commenters".

Big Mike said...

I'm thinking the new approach will be more democratic, more marketplace-of-ideas, more about the actual writing in particular posts than the status of the speaker

And if it doesn’t, you can always stop paying and let your check mark expire.

farmgirl said...

I don’t do social media- no Fcbk, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram etc.
I do find the info that’s shared here(in what is my social media- &may be an exception to my rule)fascinating.

Thx.

rhhardin said...

Check, please.

mxgreen said...

I think this is an April's Fool joke.

Gerda Sprinchorn said...
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TickTock said...

I applaud your decision.

Known Unknown said...

No one cares.

Known Unknown said...

"How about some sort of system where users vote for the people they think are most authoritative."

That sounds like the worst idea.

MayBee said...

I saw a very outspoken woman, a small business owner and a minority, post a meme yesterday saying "Don't let anyone shame you out of buying a blue check". SHe's had imitators and scammers, and she was never getting a blue check under the old system.
So I think this is very good for some people, and I like the meme she posted.

Kathryn51 said...

Okay, I'm No. 14 "heart like" on your post, but when does the blue check show up. I'll follow you when it appears. [I followed you years ago, but since you rarely posted I dropped you when I reduced my list].

Rollo said...

I won't say what your Twitter handle looked like to me, but I was reminded of Tobias F√ľnke, who was both an analyst and a therapist and so reserved the vanity plate "ANALRAPIST".

Narr said...

Eight bucks? The flea market of ideas.

rastajenk said...

If you become a big twitter sensation, all I can say is, I knew ya when.....

GRW3 said...

I can understand why the people that paid thousands of dollars in bribes to become blue checks in the old system are mad.

Dude1394 said...

Glad to see it, I immediately followed you.

Aggie said...

Plus, you can do it while you're camping!

Narayanan said...

White House Refuses To Pay For Twitter Verification could this be straw breaking FederalDebtCamel?

Michael McNeil said...
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Michael McNeil said...

I joined Twitter – after holding aloof for many years – in November, after Musk's purchase. So far I've put up few original postings, but do retweet occasionally, while commenting fairly often. A couple weeks back, I purchased the blue check at $7/mo. ($84 taken annually). In addition to theoretically supporting the new policy's obvious anti-bot utility (not to speak of a paid membership making one the customer to be served, rather than target to be exploited), I mainly appreciate the ability to edit posts together with the blue check's 4K (rather than 280 character) posting limit (note the Blogger here at Althouse allows 8K). While I haven't posted much at Twitter thus far, not having to break the occasional more lengthy texts into many 280-byte chucks is a blessing.

Lem the misspeller said...

Oh my, as Zulu would say.

Now I'm thinking I'm going to do this also. It's in line with the long line of people over the years I've supported because they were unfairly attacked.

Mark said...

Congratulations for paying Modi's lapdog to censor Twitter in India.

rwnutjob said...

Not the reaction legacy blues were expecting. How'd I not know you were on Twitter?
*followed*

Tina Trent said...

If you earn money from the blog, you can write that Twitter fee, and also your subscription to the NYT and anything else that contributes to you blogging as a business expense, including heating the room you blog in, computer purchases and repairs, and so on.

Aggie said...

I'm still not seeing the supporting logic though. Celebrities and public institutions are egomaniacs, obsessed with their visibility, usually eager to preen. How could they stand it? What will happen when 2 dozen LeBron's sign up and put his picture as their avatar and commence to talk sh*t>? It won't matter whether they've got a Blue Check or not - they'll be a constantly-irritating 'Search' result.

I predict that, after a respectably-humbling interval, the payments will commence as the celeb's reclaim and re-hallow their ground.

NMObjectivist said...

Paying for a blue check at Twitter is a good way to support Twitter financially. Major advertisers have blacklisted it and Elon needs the money. He's in the war for the first amendment.