Last night while reading through my Twitter timeline I saw a discussion between Jonah Goldberg (@JonahRNO) and some others about him finally getting the valued blue check mark by his name. I had no idea what this was and did some checking on other people I follow and saw that some had the blue check mark and others did not. So what does it mean?
Turns out it means that Twitter has a policy of checking famous people to make sure their Twitter account is real. Often times celebrities, sports stars, politicians and media types get their names being used by someone else on Twitter. This of course can lead to all sorts of misinformation.
The blue check mark is a sign of verification that this person is the real deal.