If you’re a celebrity who has previously avoided Facebook due to the threat of rabid fans, stalkers and haterz, Zuckerberg’s empire has offered a line line. From today, select high-profile stars will be offered the oppurtunity to use a verified official account, as well as pseudonym accounts , according to TechCrunch.
While you can’t go applying for this kind of status yourself yet, the Facebook team will be reaching out to those with a high number of subscribers and will be asking them to change their account to a verified status. Once they’ve proved who they are, they’ll also be given the option to use a pseudonym too to distinguish them from “normal” users that may happen to have the same birth name, which will be great for the Lady Gaga’s and Madonna’s of the world.
The move to add verified accounts means those lucky few will appear much more frequently in the “people to subscribe to” sidebar. However, it’s not just all about promoting celebrities and forcing us to follow their updates, it’s a good decision for users too, as it means there’s less chance of people pretending to be celebrities or less chance of users adding someone with the same name as a celebrity by mistake.
But interestingly Facebook won’t be displaying a badge on verified accounts (like the little blue one on Twitter), it’ll just present the option to display a pseudonym, which kind of seems a bit silly when you’ve gone to all the trouble of verifying an account…