Twitter claim, however, that the blue tick is too often seen as an endorsement of a verified account by Twitter or as an indication of the account-holder's importance.
In celebration of his newly verified status, Kessler tweeted "Looks like I FINALLY got verified by Twitter. We have paused all general verifications while we work and will report back soon", read a tweet from @TwitterSupport account.
Unfortunately for those of you awaiting your verification, Twitter seems to have listened to user criticism, at least this time.
Milo Yiannopoulos, former contributor for the right-wing site Breitbart, was also verified and then "un-verified" by Twitter, according to Vanity Fair, before he was permanently banned from the site.
"We should've communicated faster on this: our agents have been following our verification policy correctly, but we realised some time ago the system is broken and needs to be reconsidered". They also appear more likely to show up in Google search's Twitter bar, which populates at the top of search results for important news events. The platform verifies accounts across a range of fields-from sports people like Cristiano Ronaldo, to politicians like President Donald Trump, to religious figures like Pope Francis-but says that the account must be in the public interest to warrant verification.
"Go ahead, add that middle name or even a few more emojis", said Twitter, which has been attracting a great deal of criticism of late. "And we failed by not doing anything about it".
But the truth is that giving someone a blue checkmark is by definition an indicator of importance.
Twitter's official support account confirmed that its verification system had been "paused" following the backlash. "Working now to fix faster". If you're an individual requesting verification-rather than a company-you'll need to provide a copy of your passport or driver's license for Twitter to check your identity.