Twitter verification is now just $8 away, but that doesn’t mean the social network has fully democratized its longtime status symbol. The Twitter verification badge is now split between two different groups: accounts that have been officially verified as “notable in government, news, entertainment, or some other specific category” and accounts that have paid for the tick by subscribing to Twitter Blue . However, it can be difficult to tell the difference between the two types of verified accounts without clicking into their individual profiles, which is why one Twitter user created a tool to make it much easier.
Introducing Eight Dollars, a lightweight browser extension that swaps out Twitter’s standard verification badge for two different labels that indicate whether an account is “actually verified” or “paid for verification.” Without the extension, you would have to click on a user’s profile and then tap the verification tick to see if the user’s check was approved by Twitter staff or purchased through Twitter Blue, but Eight Dollars makes this information available right on your timeline .
The extension was originally only available for Chrome, but New Zealand designer Walter Lim says it should work with it Microsoft Edge as well as fire fox, and he’s also added Safari to his to-do list. Installing any of these requires a little extra work: the add-on is currently only available on GitHub, and must be installed manually in the browser’s developer mode. Still, it might be worth the effort — unless you’re happy to be fooled by hackneyed scam accounts and impersonators.
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