The goal of the Eight Dollars Chrome extension is to make it easier to tell the difference between official verified Twitter accounts and paid ones.
Twitter is like a wild show. As soon as Elon Musk took over as head of the social network, he started making decisions that didn’t make much sense. The paid “verification” of Twitter Blue has had the biggest effect and is currently causing chaos on the platform.
Every day, there are more and more fake accounts with the blue badge that make jokes or spread false information. This, of course, leads some people to think that they are reading an official profile and believe the lie. But there is already a Chrome extension that does the job that Elon Musk and the people who run Tesla didn’t want to do.
Basically, this extension, called “Eight Dollars,” which is a clear joke on “Twitter Blue,” is here to clean up the social network. Their goal is simple: to show you when you’re reading an official account or one that has paid $8 to get a blue badge.
The problem with Twitter right now is that the interface doesn’t make it easy to tell the difference between verified accounts and people who have signed up for the service. The only thing to do is to look at their username and see if there is a confusing change that makes them go unnoticed. Let’s be honest, we don’t need this extra step.
So, Eight Dollars shows two different kinds of messages. “Paid for Verification” for those who got the blue badge by opening the wallet, or “Actually Verified” for those who really were verified. It’s interesting that the extension’s creator, Walter Lim, shows how the tool works by using both Elon Musk’s real account and a fake account.
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Since the extension is still being worked on, it needs to be installed by hand outside of the Chrome Web Store. Don’t worry, though. If you follow these steps, you’ll have it working in no time. Think about how it could be Chrome or any other Chromium-based browser, like Edge, Vivaldi, Opera, or Brave, for example:
- Open your browser and type chrome:/extensions into the search bar.
- You will see an option for Developer Mode. Turn it on.
- Click on the link below to get the extension. It’s the same one that can be found on the GitHub website.
- Remove the zip file.
- Back in the browser, find the Unpacked Upload button and choose the folder you just unzipped.
- Go back to the section for extensions and make sure Eight Dollars is already turned on.
Twitter’s attempt to calm things down didn’t work
They must know from Twitter that the verified ones are getting out of hand. In fact, the company tried to solve the problem this week by adding a second way for public figures, companies, the media, and governments to get official verification. Instead of a blue badge, these profiles had the word “Official” written on them.
Twitter, on the other hand, didn’t think that most people who wanted to sign up for Twitter Blue wouldn’t like it. Why? Because if that happened, the blue badge wouldn’t mean anything other than what it looked like. They stopped the system before it even had a chance to run for 24 hours. Completely crazy.
The manager said that he was the one who told Twitter to take it down, but a Twitter worker said that the new verification will be available again in the future. Only governments and businesses, of course. Esther Crawford said, “The official hashtag will still be a part of the Twitter Blue launch, but at first we’ll only be focusing on government and business entities.”