Elon Musk is set to consist of thousands of verified users under the company’s previous leadership, so one of Twitter’s alternatives is to replace some of those “legacy” checkmarks with its We hope to attract you to the platform. It is an invite-only service led by two former Twitter employees.
T2 is the part of Twitter that emerged following the Musk takeover. The platform is smaller than established competitors such as Mastodon, but aims to recreate the “public square” associated with Twitter pre-Musk. In fact, founder Gabor Cselle says he intends to create a “pretty straightforward copy of Twitter with a few simplifications” rather than an entirely new experience.
So it’s no surprise that the site now known as T2 (the company plans to eventually use a new name) is a “get the checkmark” feature that relies on Twitter’s legacy verification program. Not surprisingly. It allows users to complete a simple form for a quick T2 verification process. This feature also works for those on the waiting list for T2.
For now, the program is only available to users for a few days. This is because legacy authentication is set to disappear from Twitter on his April 1st. However, the company plans to offer other means of verification once Twitter’s traditional checks are discontinued. (T2’s form-based verification doesn’t work for people who pay new Twitter Blue-enabled checks.)
In addition to the new verification features, T2 is announcing several other milestones. The company has hired a former Discord exec as his new CTO and is beginning a much-needed redesign that’s familiar to Twitter users.
Like all new Twitter rivals, the T2 still has a long way to go to approach the size of the platform it’s trying to emulate. But as Mastodon founder and CEO Eugen Rochko says, Twitter’s more influential users (such as those doing traditional verification) are of great value to the emerging platform. If T2 can attract more of these users, it could easily recreate the public square they’re looking for.