THEY’RE the It Crowd – international stars resembling Sir Elton John, Samuel L. Jackson and Adele who submit on Twitter.
Then there’s the Twit Crowd — lesser stars together with a Love Island winner, a retired cricketer and TV hosts who additionally use the social media service.
And it’s the former who, regardless of their superior wealth, are refusing to pay to maintain Twitter’s coveted blue tick.
The mark was initially free and meant to indicate that an account was actual to stop devious customers impersonating celebs.
But it surely turned seen as a standing image — and now Twitter’s billionaire proprietor Elon Musk has demanded that anybody who desires a blue tick should pay £67.72 a 12 months for the honour.
He eliminated legacy verified accounts yesterday — that means the one remaining blue ticks belonged to those that had forked out to maintain them.
After paying for hers, screenwriter Jemima Khan mentioned: “I’m within the uncool gang.”
Match Of The Day’s Gary Lineker, who additionally stumped up, replied: “Me too.”
Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen responded after being mocked on-line, tweeting: “Who cares you probably have a blue tick or not?
“How does it positively or negatively have an effect on your day? It actually shouldn’t!” Different stars took the loss on the chin by joking about it, with TV favourites Ant and Dec writing on their account: “It’s all ticking off.”
Radio 2 host Rylan Clark added: “Bye bye blue tick. “Not less than now I can tweet s*** and say it wasn’t the true me.”
Mysteriously, Scottish pop star Lewis Capaldi gained a gold tick — often reserved for firms and organisations.
Musk, who purchased Twitter for simply over £35billion final October, appeared to get pleasure from watching the fallout.
He revealed he had shelled out for 3 accounts — basketball participant LeBron James, writer Stephen King and actor William Shatner — to maintain their verified standing.
Right here, we checklist a few of those that stored their tick and those that didn’t, and the variety of followers they’ve.