Twitter had a verification system that provided the users a means to differentiate between genuine and noteworthy account holders such as activists, politicians, celebrities, organizations etc. from parody or impostor accounts. This was done by displaying a blue check mark (blue tick) against an account name which indicated that Twitter has taken the necessary measures to ensure that the said handle is actually owned by the person / organization that it claims.
But following the acquisition of Twitter, Elon Musk announced that anyone would be able to purchase a blue checkmark for their Twitter account by subscribing to the Twitter Blue Service costing $8 per month. Apart from the blue tick, Twitter Blue also offers access to some select new features like Edit Tweet, Undo Tweet and more. But if one comes across any Twitter account with a blue tick, how does one find out which category it falls into. This is where Eight Dollars Chrome Extension can be used.
Eight Dollars is a Chrome Extension that will help you in determining which Twitter accounts or users have acquired their blue tick through the earlier Twitter Verification system and which of them have got it by paying and subscribing to the Twitter Blue service.
1. Download the Chrome Extension Eight Dollars by clicking on the link that we have provided at the end of this article. This is an unpacked extension in the form of a Zip file. Click here for information regarding how to load an unpacked Chrome Extension.
2. Login to your Twitter account and watch the Twitter accounts with blue tick. If the blue tick has been acquired through genuine verification, then you will see a label ‘Actually Verified’ beside the name. But, if the blue tick has been attained by subscription to the Twitter Blue service, then you will see the label ‘Paid for Verification’. Thus, anyone can clearly differentiate between the two types of Twitter accounts. Look at the screenshots below.
You must remember that this has only been made possible since Twitter has made this information available within their API / App state. Hence this Chrome extension may stop working once Twitter modifies their API.
Eight Dollars Chrome Extension works fine and makes it easy for any user to differentiate between Twitter Verified accounts with a blue tick and those accounts who have purchased it via subscription to Twitter Blue.
Click to download the Extension in Zip format.
Eight Dollars is also available as a plugin for Mozilla Firefox. Click here to download it.