If you're not one of the lucky ones to get a blue check, though, take heart.A new app with the tagline “date celebrities discreetly” is launching, promising “privacy and authenticity” for its users. Blue is the premium version of Loveflutter, a dating app launched in 2013 that uses Twitter to connect users. Around 200,000 Twitter accounts have been verified, Blue said, and they include everyone from Le Bron James to probably your local newspaper’s fishing correspondent – with the club much less exclusive since Twitter allowed anyone to apply for a verified account.And being Twitter-verified certainly doesn't have anything to do with being a good person or even a particularly interesting one.
Verified accounts are displayed with a white tick on a blue background so technically this “exclusive” dating app should be called White but that might send the wrong message.
Loveflutter says the idea is to provide a safe dating community because verified accounts are only granted after the user provides government-issued ID.
Only about 0.05 per cent of Twitter, or about 270,000 accounts globally, have the “blue” tick but getting a verified account is not as difficult as it once was – journalists, vloggers, politicians, anyone in the public eye, can apply.
If that all sounds a bit weird, it’s because the app is definitely not offering mere mortals the opportunity to engage with their favourite celebrities at the swipe of a finger. The catch is you also have to be considered a celebrity to get a spot on the dating app. But Blue is largely being sold as “the safest dating community ever”.“In an era of catfishing and fake identities, authenticity is key, which is why we’re leveraging Twitter’s world-class verification system to make dating safer,” the website says.
The majority of Twitter users.“Swipe interesting people nearby in music, film, fashion, politics, media, sports, business and more,” the website says.