How to Find Real Celebrities on Twitter

Weed out impersonators by checking for the verification badge

Ever since Oprah gave Twitter a public shout-out in 2009, celebrities have flocked to the site. Some came in, ready to tweet, only to find that half a dozen accounts were already using their name. Twitter users had been duped, for some time, into believing these accounts were real.

While the number of fake accounts increases every day, back in 2009 Twitter came up with a way to help users determine which accounts are legitimate. They assigned a white and blue "verified" checkmark to profiles they ensured were those of real celebrities.

Twitter only offers the "verified" badge to accounts for celebrities and businesses that are most likely to be impersonated, so not everyone can get verified.

To find your favorite celebrity on Twitter without risk of following an impersonator, follow these easy steps.

Find Verified Celebrity Accounts

  1. In the search box in the upper-right corner of your Twitter home screen, type in the name of your favorite celebrity. A list of possible matches appears.

    Twitter home screen with search initiated
  2. If you see one with the verified badge, select it. Otherwise, press Enter on your keyboard.

    Typically, verified accounts show up first on the list, so it isn't difficult to find them quickly and easily.

  3. A search screen appears. Use it to apply filters or select People at the top of the screen to narrow down the options. When you find the account you're looking for, select it.

    Twitter search screen

More Ways to Find Verified Celebrity Twitter Accounts

Celebrity websites: The second easiest way to find the official account of your favorite celebrity is to look on their website for the branded "follow" button, which usually includes a white bird on a blue background or a lowercase "t."

Celebrity lists: Lists of official celebrity Twitter accounts are easy to find on the web. Here are a few resources:

Word of mouth: Look at the other celebrities your favorite star is following. Typically, they only follow real accounts, and they don't follow many people.

Celebrities can be easily found, discovered and followed on Twitter with the right combination of search skills and web searches.