Social media has become an important chunk of many people’s lives today. Twitter, Facebook etc., have become important platforms to voice opinions, and generate debate and discussion. And if you have a verified account, chances are your opinions will be something that many look forward to reading. Yes, the tiny blue tick mark against in your name on your account does matter. It is almost like Facebook and Twitter announcing to the rest of the world that you are here to stay.
Which is why, of all people, when Rohit Pandey, who is apparently Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s driver, got his Twitter account verified, people on the microblogging site were left puzzled. Pandey, who seems to be an active Twitter user, has about 10.7 k followers and his Twitter bio claims he is “proud to drive car for #Arvind Kejriwal”. And he is followed by Kejriwal too.
From the looks of it, it seems Pandey moonlights as a driver when he is not being the cool guy on Twitter, where he posts everything from jokes, political satire sketches, interesting trivia to useful information. But more often than not, Pandey who goes by the Twitter handle @aaprohit, tweets and re-tweets in support of AAP, its policies and movements. So no prizes for guessing what has he been talking about lately — yes, standing loyal to his employee, he seems to be against government’s demonetisation policy too.
According to Twitter’s pre-requisites for having a verified account, accounts that are maintained by users in the fields of acting, religion, politics, music fashion, government, journalism, media, sports, business, and other key interest areas can be submitted for verification.
Twitter also asks for additional information like URLs that can support one’s reputation of being newsworthy on the site. Now with AAP stalwarts like Kejriwal and Sanjay Singh following him, coupled with his more than 5,000 tweets, we aren’t really surprised that he landed himself a blue tick.