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Crederity – credential verification for Twitter users? not in my eyes

Crederity has a slogan, Trust Matters.  Once reading some of the things they ask for, do you trust them? Crederity is trying to make digital, verified identity cards.  They make it sound quite simple up front:

How does it work?
Crederity uses its cutting edge background check and credential verification process to verify the identity of our users. Once their identity is verified, we connect their twitter account to their Crederity profile. Thus, we perform a comprehensive, verifiable identity check to support their online twitter profile.

Digging in deeper, it is free for US and users in India and anyone can be verified that can meet their verification steps.  You walk through what is almost a credit type authorization process which runs against public records.  You then also have a manual option to send them notarized copies of your drivers license or passport.

Now call me crazy, but sending this type of information online or via postal mail to some address in NY just isn’t in my character. Did I forget to mention that it costs money to run through this whole thing?

In fairness, I went back to their homepage and the company itself does identity verification, including for marriage and employment.  So making digital identity cards is a natural progression.

I walked through part of the registration, but as soon as they ask for birthdates, license numbers and more, it sounds more like phishing.  I know they say they have a few thousand using the credential icon and have been verified, and someone must be first, but it just isn’t me.


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Professional bio: Chris Miller, known as IdoNotes across the web is based in St Louis, MO as the Director of Messaging & Collaboration for Connectria and the Founder of Spiked Studio Productions.. Connectria is one of the largest IBM hosting and remote management partners. Chris speaks globally at conferences and events including: View Admin 2003-2009 View Admin Europe 2003-2008 Domino 7 Upgrade Seminar (globally) Domino 8 Upgrade Seminar (globally) Real-Time Collaboration Seminar Lotusphere 2003-2012 ILUG 2008, 2010 ULUG 2009, 2011, 2012 Collaboration University 2006-2010Domino Optimization Tour 2010 BLUG 2011, 2012 NLLUG 2010 AusLUG 2011, 2012 Other awards, events and information: Founder of IamLUG - the North American Lotus User Group event held annually. 2009-present Chris, via Connectria, is a Lotus Award winner 3 times and a finalist 5 times since 2000. Winner of the Gary Guthrie Award for Technical Writing in 2002 Previous board member of the St Louis Domino and Notes User Group Previous board member of VALU (the predecessor to LotusUserGroup) Advisory Board member to LotusUserGroup.org Chris is the founder of Spiked Studio Productions which produces industry related podcasts, webcasts and more. Shows include: IdoNotes - one of the longest running Lotus related technical podcasts BlackBerry Today - a video podcast on the hottest device, application and BlackBerry/Playbook news Consultant In Your Pocket - deep technical webcast training delivered free and subscription IdoSphere - a two day online technical event TheSocialGeeks - a leading social media roundtable podcast Sametime Guide - a video training tutorial on installing and administrating IBM Sametime TheSocialNetworker - a social media site review webcast and interview series now including Social Stalking content on social media security and privacy Certifications: PCLP since Domino R4 in administration and in Development through R5 Workplace Collaboration Services 2.5 - Team Collab and Messaging Domino 7 and 8 Certified Security Administrator Sametime Administration 7.5.x-8.5 CLP Collaboration (retired certification Aug 2006) CLI for numerous administration areas including Domino, Sametime, Quickr and Connections Yes I write some of those dreaded admin cert exams you take. I won't say which ones so you don't come looking for me, but I will say they are the real good recent ones that have been coming out. Animals: One dog, a Puggle. He has been on this world before and seems to understand slippers and a fine cigar. Mind you that is him in the chair and not me. A ninja death cat. I only see her when she strikes Music: Non-stop. At my desk, in my car, walking to work and back to my car downtown. In the house there is a crazy zoned set-up for you home automation geeks. I am a self-proclaimed MP3 fiend, to which I have tried rehab 4 billion times to no avail. Now what kind of music you ask? I will never tell.


2 thoughts on “Crederity – credential verification for Twitter users? not in my eyes

  1. Everywhere I look, it says that Crederity is free, but it isn’t. I mean, it charges $5, but that’s still not free. Feels a little like misdirection, to me.

    Posted by MrTelle | March 30, 2012, 9:52 am
  2. Thank you for checking out our identity verification for Twitter and the concerns that you have raised about the data exchange and submission are really valid user concerns about which we get a lot of queries every day.

    As you have rightly pointed out Crederity is into identity and credential verification (online and offline) and the secure processing and storing of data is the most critical component of our business. We have been validated by external agencies and follow Consumer Reporting industries best practices, do not sell data, are FCRA compliant, have ISO 9001 certifications, use VeriSign SSL to secure transactions.

    Twitter verification is in fact an add on that we are offering users who have verified their identity with our technology. We request for documents only in those cases when users are not able to verify their identity instantly. Once a person verifies identity we provide the user with a digital, verified Crederity Card™ displaying instant third party authentication of the card holder’s Trust Facts™ and which can be used at a lot of places online and offline. Our minimum requirement for providing a certified credential card is to confirm a person’s identity (that they are who they say they are.) Once identity has been established, other Trust Facts™ (such as Twitter identity verification) can be added. For a limited time, both personal and Twitter identity verification is being offered free of charge and therefore, a credit card is not required.

    I hope that this information helped to alleviate your concerns and again, I thank you for taking the time to review our technology. Feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss more about the technology and processes that is powering our credential verification.

    Posted by Lijo Isac | September 4, 2009, 4:03 am

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