Being the parent of a famous person has its perks. You often get to share in the wealth and go to fancy events, but you don't always get special treatment, as Twitter co-founder and NYC mayoral hopeful Jack Dorsey's parents found out. Dorsey's parents have started a Twitter campaign to get themselves verified on Twitter.
Getting verified on Twitter essentially means you get a little blue check mark next to your name. That symbol says that Twitter has decided that you are who you say you are. It's not exactly clear why the Dorseys want to be verified, but it has definitely become a priority for them, especially for Jack's dad, who is @Tim535353 on Twitter. Others have chimed in, too. As of this writing, there are over 35 tweets using the #DorseyVerifyCampaign hashtag.
@verified you should verify me I'm jack's dad.
— Tim Dorsey (@Tim535353) April 9, 2013
Twitter I'm not @verified....Should I be?
— Marcia Dorsey (@marciadorsey) April 9, 2013
— Jane Dueker (@JaneDueker) April 10, 2013
Despite their efforts, and the efforts of their fans, there is very little chance the Dorseys are going to get verified. Verification is a tricky issue, as it is, and the Dorseys are not the type of people that are generally verified. Here's the way Twitter explains it:
We concentrate on highly sought users in music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, advertising, business, and other key interest areas. We verify business partners from time to time and individuals at high risk of impersonation.
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.
Judging by those guidelines, the Dorseys don't qualify for verification, and it definitely wouldn't look right for Jack to pull any strings for them. Sorry, mom and dad.