How do you know that a Twitter account represents the person or organisation that they say they are? Just a thought, and this might sound complicated, but I think this could be an easy, workable solution.
- In the Twitter account you provide a Web link.
- On that related Website you include some metadata or a specific page (a bit like the way browsers detect RSS or other embedded microformats) that includes the Twitter account ID.
- People can then add little authentication routines into their Twitter apps that check if the Website listed confirms ownership of the Twitter account back.
Obviously it wouldn’t have to be mandatory (I mean, we still want Twitter to be fun!).
What do you think – could this work?
Alternatively, a great business model for Twitter could be to offer premium accounts that are “validated” by Twitter as authentic.