<div></div><bel><biv><devoe>[<a href="//storify.com/cbccommunity/william-shatner-is-sick-of-nobodies-b eing-verified" target="_blank">View the story "William Shatner is sick of 'nobodies' being verified on Twitter" on Storify</a>]<h1>William Shatner is sick of 'nobodies' being verified on Twitter</h1><h2></h2><p>Storified by <a href="https://storify.com/cbccommunity">CBC News Community</a>· Mon, Jun 23 2014 21:56:42 </p><div>Cbc</div><div>His dedication to Twitter <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/newsblogs/yourcommunity/2014/03/william-shatn er-quit s-twitter-returns-hours-later.html" class="">may be questionable</a>, but Canadian actor William Shatner has certainly got got some strong opinions when it comes to the social network -- specifically, which users should (and should <i>not</i>) have blue check marks beside their usernames.<div><br></div><div>Those who use the social network regularly know that becoming "verified" on Twitter is a special privilege.</div><div><br></div><div>Often reserved for celebrities, journalists, and notable media personalities, the blue check mark of verification is sought after by many users as a mark of authenticity (or, in some cases, popularity.)</div><div><br></div><div>On Saturday, Engadget journalist (and verified Twitter user) John Colucci celebrated the fact that his publication had reached one million followers on Twitter with a tweet.</div></div><div>OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG #Engadget1M http://t.co/YM8IpSfpi2John Colucci</div><div>Another user congratulated Colucci, who runs Engadget's social media accounts, on the achievement by likening it to a time when Shatner had followed a brand he works for on Twitter. </div><div>@johncolucci I had the same moment yesterday when @WilliamShatner RT'd me ... well more like me as @MandalayBay... http://t.co/9SIvrCTTT9Lewis</div><div>Colucci playfully wrote back "Next goal: beat Shatner in follower count :)"<div><br></div><div>Noticing the mention in his timeline, Shatner turned his attention on Colucci.<div><br></div><div>"Why are you even @verified?" he wrote. "If this guy can get verified, I'll nominate my social media guy."</div></div></div><div>@johncolucci Why are you even @verified? If this guy can get verified I'll nominate my Social Media guy.William Shatner</div><div>Many of those who saw the tweet in their timelines bristled, tweeting back to Shatner in defense of Colucci and other un-famous verified Twitter users.</div><div>@WilliamShatner @johncolucci Heads up, Shatner, the force is no longer with you. This is the internet, where geeks rule, not bad singers.@evleaks</div><div>@WilliamShatner @HolidayJesus @evleaks Wow. Used to think Shatner was cool but now he's just a douchebag. #youhadyourtimeoldmanLDR</div><div>@WilliamShatner @johncolucci @verified He's verified because he's excellent at his job. I'd advise your social guy do the same.Michael Gorman</div><div>@johncolucci whoa just saw William Shatner now has a beef with your verified status. WTH pettyCynthia Drescher</div><div>Hey Twitter, can I be @verified just to piss off William Shatner even more?Chelz Wiz</div><div>Undeterred by the negative feedback, Shatner continued to engage in the conversation. Here are a small selection of his tweets from last night:</div><div>@evleaks So why aren't you @verified if geeks rule? Or are you one of those elitist types where a recognition as a verified account is neg?William Shatner</div><div>.@WilliamShatner Are you kidding me? @TMZ loves stuff like this. "Celebs -- or their idiot social media reps -- Being Jerks on Twitter".@evleaks</div><div>@evleaks @TMZ So you want me to call Mr. Levin and tell them Engadgets Social Media Mgr is on a power trip on Twitter? Don't think he cares.William Shatner</div><div>@evleaks I don't know what you do (besides butt kissing) but at 177k followers you must be doing something right.William Shatner</div><div>@WilliamShatner @MyBuddyValium @evleaks Sucks up? I think you mean "defends respectfully".Windows RT Source</div><div>@WinRTSource @MyBuddyValium @evleaks Sounded like big ole ass kissing to me but #Twittersound hasn't been invented yet.William Shatner</div><div>He also called out Engadget and some of its journalists directly.</div><div>I want to know how Engadget has all these seemingly unimportant jobs with all @verified accounts. @Support it's a mockery. Want names? ContdWilliam Shatner</div><div>.names that are @verified: an_dbowen: editorial asst , jobfingus: assoc ed, davidpkfishman: ex-Engadget full time student & a host of othersWilliam Shatner</div><div>@DashaPohoral @Numeson @verified @twitter and nobodies should not be verified because it shows a huge flaw in the Twitter system.William Shatner</div><div>Later, he publicly asked why specific actors were not verified on Twitter while people with jobs titles like "Editorial Assistant" had blue checks.</div><div>Why is @GineokwKoenig, @RobertPicardo and so many other PUBLIC figures not @verified but a college student & editorial asst are? It's wrongWilliam Shatner</div><div>Then he straight up abandoned his quest for a more elite verification system by asking Twitter if he could be un-verified altogether.</div><div>Maybe I need to request to be unverified? Who wants to be part of a broken system that folks can pay $ or reward cronies while others wait?William Shatner</div><div>@verified @support unverify my account pleaseWilliam Shatner</div><div>I need to run. I'll be thinking sweet unverified dreams...William Shatner</div><div>Today, in response to even more users who were prodding him about this views on verified accounts, Shatner <a href="https://twitter.com/WilliamShatner/status/481128592764452864" class="">continued ranting</a> about the issue. <div><br></div><div>News of the entire episode prompted <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/alanwhite/william-shatner-went-on-a-mas sive-ra nt-about-how-hes-sick-of" class="">some sites</a> and Twitter users to post gifs like these:</div></div><div>Buzzfed</div><div>Anyway, in light of The Shatner Situation™, here's this: http://t.co/lnmvS13IElBen Gilbert</div><div>Buzzfed</div><div><b>What are your thoughts on verified Twitter users? Do you agree with Shatner that blue check marks are handed out too easily? Weigh in below.</b></div>
GrailOfThunder: Meh.. Shatner's always been an ass. His ST:TOS costars have said so, Roddenberry has said so, and he's proven it himself numerous times.
Mugato: I would say that he's finally gone senile but he's never played with a full deck.He was great in this,
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StopLurkListen: That... site. Unreadable ... formatting...
cetacei: Something tells me this is not actually Shatner doing these tweets. They're not funny enough, and why would he spend time even doing this?
Mugato: How does anyone know that these celebrities are actually writing these tweets? Twitter has to be the dumbest farking tech fad ever. Except it's not a fad, it doesn't seem to be going away.If it is really Shatner obsessing over Twitter people, it makes his little "Get a Life" speech sadly ironic.
skinbubble: [s1.yimg.com image 720x486]Get a life!
RottenEggs: skinbubble: [s1.yimg.com image 720x486]Get a life!Sorry dude but me and my girlfriend at the time came up with that phrase a few months before Shatner . it was a play on the phrase " Get a job " which was popular at the time . But he gets all the credit : (
fatassbastard: [i.imgur.com image 400x300]I mean, I like Bill and stuff, but man...
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