It’s finally here, you guys. DAY ONE. After all the planning and the coffee and the tweeting and the Call Me Maybe and the production meetings…it’s really happening. We’re hitting the road. Over the past two months, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to explain to people what I’m doing. “I’m driving around the country, meeting the people I follow on Twitter.” “I’m spending a month travelling the country, meeting strangers that other strangers told me I should follow.” “I’m making a movie about the real-life effects of connections made via social media.” “I’m taking my obsession with Twitter to an unhealthy extreme.”
They’re all kind of sort of true. But another, equally true part of what I’m doing, is standing in front of each person I meet, proving I am a real person, making a real movie, and having a real adventure. In essence, I’m getting verified.
You know that blue check mark next to the name of say @WheatThins, or @EbertChicago or @AriFleischer? The one that says you can trust that those people or companies are who they say they are because the powers that be at @Twitter (verified) say so? Have you ever wondered what the process is for getting that verification badge? There is none. Twitter says they verify accounts “proactively,” which I think is essentially their version of “we’ll call you.” #callmemaybe It’s awesome, and I wouldn’t want it any other way. But it’s not really an option for a regular person like me.
So, here’s what I propose: Let’s meet up. Say hi. Spend a few minutes getting to know each other. Then you can tweet about meeting me, and I’ll tweet about meeting you. And we’ll just go right ahead and consider ourselves verified. To make it official, I’ve got a fancy certificate to give. It states that you met @erinscafe IRL, thus verifying that I am legit/authentic/for reals. I’m thinking if I meet enough of you, it may even be enough to get me all Twitter verified (Who knows? The Twitter gods are fickle/unpredictable/awesome). All I know is that a verification badge would go really well with my profile pic, JUST SAYING.
We’re on our way. Can’t wait to meet you. For reals.