In July 2009, Twitter launched verified accounts. It was twitter’s move to establish the authenticity of accounts so that the users could be sure that the people they are following are legitimate. Right now there are around 4000 verified Twitter users. But the strange thing is that the owners of twitter themselves don’t prefer to have a verified accounts badge to their profiles.
About Verified accounts, Twitter says:
Any account with a (verified account badge) is a verified account. Twitter is beta testing solutions to establish authenticity of well known accounts so users can trust that the accounts they follow are legitimate. When viewing verified accounts, Twitter users know that tweets coming from well known personalities, organizations, government agencies, and others on Twitter are the real thing!
The owners and pioneers of Twitter Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams and Biz Stone, don’t have verified Twitter accounts. One can put an argument like, “Why would Bill Gates have to go telling everyone that Microsoft belongs to him when everyone knows about it?” This could be a similar thing. But still, there are so many people with the name Jack Dorsey on Twitter. What if someone misleadingly follows the wrong Jack Dorsey, or Evan Williams or Biz Stone? But all of them have millions of followers whatsoever.