Would you pay for that little blue checkmark next to your Twitter handle?
According to tech investor Jason Calacanis, users may soon get the opportunity to do that. On Friday, Calacanis appeared on CNBC’s Halftime Report and claimed the social network is set to introduce verification for all — for a price.
“For $1 a year or something like that,” Calacanis said, users will soon be able to pay for the blue checkmark to appear on their accounts.
Twitter already offers verified accounts, but reserves the distinction for select users — generally people in the public eye who might have prank accounts in their name.
Calacanis claimed that “Verified Twitter” may prove another significant source of revenue for the company. Indeed, Twitter has been aggressive in creating new revenue streams, signing deals with Google, Flipboard and Yahoo Japan.
But paying for verification just doesn’t make a lot of sense.
Changing gears and letting anyone pay to play might generate incremental revenue in the short-term. But in the long run, it would negate the whole point of verified accounts: authenticity and exclusivity.
Verified users already complain that the blue checkmark has lost its value. Imagine what it would mean if you couldn’t even tell whether the verified user had done anything more accomplished than paying a dollar.
After all, what’s the point of having a verified account if everyone else has one, too?