Of course, more people follow tabloids than news, so maybe it’s just that Twitter isn’t interested in verifying news anchors. Except a quick search finds no shortage of U.S.-based news anchors and correspondents with verified accounts. Reporters I’ve never heard of get that little checkmark.
Even if CBC’s national news anchor doesn’t get one, their national late-night host does:
A search for “governor” comes back with a slew of U.S. state leaders with the little checkmarks, but not a single provincial premier gets one.
They shouldn’t feel bad. In Canada, it seems the only politician worth verifying is Prime Minister Harper. Jack Layton may be the leader of the official opposition and one of the country’s longest-serving parliamentarians, but that doesn’t mean he warrants an identity check on Twitter.
Which means he’s not yet achieved the level of fame (or identity theft) associated with Justin Bieber:
Or even the CFL:
If you ever want some perspective on where various well-known Canadians sit on the global consciousness scale, that little blue badge (or lack of one) is a good way to get it.
By the way, you can follow me unverified as @akurjata.