I wouldn’t work at Twitter if I wasn’t asked
on occasion a lot more than on occasion how to get a verified Twitter account. Suffice it to say the rules on verifying a Twitter account are here, and that’s not what this blog post is about.
Instead, this post is about the innovative way I saw the Honorable Raila Odinga, Prime Minister of Kenya (he shares power with the President as part of a specifically brokered agreement based on the 2007 election results) attempt to tell the world that his Twitter account was really him.
Here’s the background:
Last week, I had the distinct pleasure to meet with some Kenyan government and media folks, include parliamentarian @jamesrege (the Honorable James Rege) and news personality @larrymadowo (the hysterical Larry Madowo). As we talked about some of the key African leaders on Twitter, I mentioned that we were still seeking to verify that @odinga_raila was indeed the Honorable Raila Amolo Odinga, so we could provide a verification badge for him as an oft-spoofed current Prime Minister (sharing power with the President) and 2012 presidential candidate.
While chatting I took another look at his profile and noticed something I hadn’t seen before:
The “verification link” then goes to this video:
Powerful folks can be hard to get in touch with, so I love the initiative he had here to create a video to “verify” himself. Obviously we can debate the merits of this self-verification (i.e. a fake could have also linked to this Twitvid) but cool nonetheless, no?