I rarely update my display name on Twitter, except maybe when I’m on vacation and want to warn people that if they email me, I won’t see it or be really upset that they emailed me about NFT. But they convinced me to add a little emoji to my name of Alex Cohen, a funny internet guy I’ve come across since the days of weird Facebook, Post Aesthetics, and “Jeb! The musical.”
“WWhy would I pay $8 for a blue check if I could put a rat next to my name for free???” Cohen tweeted last week. “I call on everyone to join me and become #RatVerified.”
To become “rat verified,” all you have to do is edit your Twitter display name and add a rat emoji. That is all. You did it. You are now rat-verified. Cohen’s tweet became so viral that it even reached TechCrunch itself alex william, who is so out of touch with this corner of the Internet Weird that I once had to explain “My Immortal” to him. The hashtag #RatVerified even came No. 1 on Twitter’s list of trending topics in the United States.
Of course, Cohen is mocking new Twitter owner Elon Musk’s far-fetched idea of charging users $8 a month to verify, which has already descended into chaos. But since phishing has become so rampant with the advent of the “I paid Elon $8” blue check variant, which looks the same as the “I’m a public figure” blue check, Twitter currently doesn’t allow verified users change their usernames.
Even Doja Cat, who had changed her display name to “Christmas”, has pleaded with the Foolish Boss to free her from the perpetual party.
This whole launch has been a mess: #tbt until yesterday when TechCrunch was official Gray Check super double verified for two hours. And now, as a result, what was supposed to be a fleeting gag on the internet is now a bit more permanent. May my little rat friend prosper forever.