This ESPN analyst comes closest to what the median Twitter verified user looks like

Chris Spatola (@Chris_Spatola), an analyst at ESPN, is the closest to what the median verified Twitter user looks like.

Here is why:

  1. Chris the second most common first name among verified users. 1,520 users share that name.
  2. He has around 10,800 followers. The median for verified users is 10,521.
  3. He follows 582 accounts. The median for this group is 539.
  4. He has tweeted 5,552 times. The median is 5,407.
  5. Like most verified users (~20%), he has not specified his location.
  6. He tweets in English — like 76% of verified users.

For this analysis, I used the data released by Jason Baumgartner on 18 June. He collected profile details of every verified Twitter user. When the data was published, there were 297,878 verified users on the micro-blogging platform.

“The blue verified badge on Twitter lets people know that an account of public interest is authentic,” the company website says.

An account may be verified if it is determined to be an account of public interest. Typically this includes accounts maintained by users in music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business, and other key interest areas.

Here are some other factoids about verified Twitter accounts:

  1. First, names: David is the most common first name (1,755 users)

Six more names are shared by more than one thousand users: Chris, Michael, John, Matt, Mike and Mark.

Where are female names?

The top 19 most common first names are all male. Joe, at #20, is the most common female name, shared by 726 users. Next comes Sarah at #25, Laura at #33, Jessica at #41 and Lauren at #46.

Just 4 of the 50 most common first names of Twitter verified are female names.

Whether that’s because women have more diverse names or that more men have verified handles requires further investigation.

What about last names?

Here are the top 5: Smith (759 users), Jones (561), Johnson (510), Williams (505) and Miller (339).

2. Language: Blue tick users speak 54 languages. English dominates — 228k+ users, which is ~76% for all verified users. Spanish and Japanese come next.

@alyjasantiago03 is the only verified user that declares she speaks Filipino, @JARiiseOfficial for Norwegian, and @NaamTamilarOrg for Ta’Oi. Very unique!

3. Followers: The median follower count is around 10,521.But not all of have high number of followers: 7% have less than 1000.

898 users have more than 5 million followers. It is not clear if there is any account with that many followers but is not verified.

4. How many accounts do they follow?

Median is 539. Around 4,000 accounts follow none.

You can download the data here. Any other ideas?

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