Verification is one of my personal favorite things about The Cookout. Here’s what verification is and why it’s one of my favorite features.
On other social platforms, the ability to be verified is reserved for a small number of people with very large followings and companies with large amounts of consumers. I always personally thought that this was silly.
I’ve been a social media user since 2007, as a sophomore in high school. Over that time period, I’ve built some amazing, real-life connections with people who were, at one point, just a name, an icon, and words on a screen. In that same time period, I, and millions of others, (as evidenced by shows like Catfish) have been in contact with and created connections with people who aren’t who they say they are.
Most people use the internet to express themselves and make meaningful connections with others. Some use it to create a person to be, to deceive and harm others, and to create strife behind “troll” or “sock puppet” accounts. We love the first groups. We abhor the second.
We felt it made no sense that only people who have millions of followers should have the option to be verified. We interact with the “regular” people far more than social media personalities and on a more interpersonal level as well. Do we not deserve to know which of these people are who they claim to be? At The Cookout, we believe that we do. At The Cookout, we also feel that we should not only encourage being authentically oneself but reward it as well.
Here’s a helpful form, including a video with the instructions to verify and it’s benefits. Verification on The Cookout provides users with an automatic post-boost, access to the most exclusive parts of the app, and other privileges not granted to non-verified members.
Authenticity is rare in this world where people are rewarded for lying about who they are and what they do. We believe, however, that “real recognizes real” and we recognize the real amongst us.