A blue check mark next to the name of a famous celebrity on a social media site — what does that mean to you? If you’re a regular Internet user, you probably answered that it’s a sign a Twitter user has been verified.
Not so fast.
Perhaps in a desperate attempt to court celebrities back to its service, Facebook is now verifying accounts just like Twitter. Suspiciously like Twitter, it turns out.
Facebook’s new “Verified Accounts” will begin rolling out today. The plan is for verified accounts to display a small, blue check mark next to the name of the owner of the page. Sound familiar? That’s because it’s exactly the same as how Twitter does it.
Seriously, take a look at them side-by-side:
Like Twitter, Facebook won’t be handing out blue check marks to just anyone. Only public figures (celebrities, athletes, politicians and brands) with many followers will get verified. So, in other words, you have no shot.