Indonesian Famous Twitter Users Get Official Verifications

Mon 26 March 2012 12:10, Vitto Christaldi

Indonesian Famous Twitter Users Get Official Verifications

Indonesia is a social media nation! It has the fourth highest population in the world, and the number of social media users is growing like crazy! First of all, Indonesia has 40.8 million Facebook users, the second highest Facebook users in the world! Next up is the microblogging social network, Twitter! Based on the latest news that I read, Indonesia has 19,5 million users, which also places them at the fifth highest Twitter users in the world! Like I said, “CRAZY!”

So I heard Indonesian people like to Tweet, huh? Duh, Indonesia is the second highest Twitter user in Asia! Obviously Jack Dorsey and his team must be doing something right to keep their loyal customers on the site. So what kind of improvements has Twitter achieved for Indonesian users?

Last year, Twitter started to improve their service to Indonesian customers by launching a fully translated version of Twitter in Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian language). The translation of and the support features to Bahasa Indonesia were done by some Indonesian volunteers on Twitter Translation Centre.


In recent news, according to techinasia, Twitter has appointed Indonesian moderators to screen Indonesian public figures, who have many followers (FYI, Sherina Munaf, a famous Indonesian singer, has 3.361.687 followers, which makes her the most-followed person living in Asia!) These verified public figures will later get the checkmark symbol next to their names as “the verified account”. Also according to techinasia, 606 Indonesian accounts are on a waiting list to be verified by the moderators. To be verified, besides having many followers (Twitter gives no guidelines about specific minimum followers, though), these public figures need to have Twitter widgets on their official websites and a Wikipedia page. (Funny! In school I learned that Wikipedia is not always a reliable source, but apparently for Twitter, Wikipedia is a reliable source to prove if someone is famous or not.)

But anyway, good luck to the moderators in screening all those names, and as an Indonesian, I am waiting for another move from Twitter to improve their service to us, Indonesians, their valuable customers!

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