Twitter co-founder's parents fight to get verified Twitter accounts

The Mayor of St. Louis has joined their cause

By Prachi Gupta

Published April 9, 2013 9:45PM (EDT)

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Even though Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey tweets at his mom daily, Marcia Dorsey can't seem to get a verified Twitter account. And neither can dad Tim Dorsey.

Case in point:

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The two have launched an informal campaign to get verified on their son's site, reports BetaBeat.

Even the Mayor of St. Louis (who has a verified account), where the Dorseys live, has joined the cause:

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Verification on Twitter is designated by a blue and white check mark next to a user's name, and "is currently used to establish authenticity of identities on Twitter", according to the Twitter FAQs.

"Twitter proactively verifies accounts on an ongoing basis to make it easier for users to find who they’re looking for." It's an honor reserved for "highly sought users in music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, advertising, business, and other key interest areas."

Here is some of the information that the as-of-yet-unauthenticated Dorseys have been sharing lately:

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It's not clear if the grandparents of Twitter qualify as the "general public" or not, but, according to Twitter, "We do not accept requests for verification from the general public."

"If you fall under one of the above categories and your Twitter account meets our qualifications for verification, we may reach out to you in the future."

Best of luck to the Dorseys on their quest for Internet authenticity.

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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