Now Verified On Twitter: Politico, Gerard Butler, UK Space Agency, The Clash, Burger King

This is a continuing series of posts that will highlight newly-verified brands, celebrities and persons of interest on Twitter.

Twitter verifies accounts to prove authenticity of identity. That is, the little blue verified badge is added to profiles that are at a high risk of impersonation to prove to other users that this person or brand is who they say they are. Occasionally Twitter makes a mistake, but, for the most part the system works, and the blue tick carries a lot of weight.

(Looking to get verified? Learn more about how, when and why Twitter verifies profiles here.)

In total, 46,155 profiles have now been verified on Twitter, which is a rise of 582 since last week. In this article we will look at recently-verified brand and celebrity profiles of note.

This week’s top five:

Politico (@politico)

Bio: Politics, Political News
Followers: 495,377

Gerard Butler (@GerardButler)

Bio: Actor. See my next film Olympus Has Fallen in theaters on March 22.
Followers: 671

UK Space Agency (@spacegovuk)

Bio: Official Twitter channel of the UK Space Agency. The Agency is at the heart of UK efforts to explore and benefit from space.
Followers: 31,583

The Clash (@TheClash)

Bio: The official Twitter page for The Clash!
Followers: 1,976

Burger King (@BurgerKing)

Bio: BURGER KING® USA official Twitter account. Updating you with new menu items, delicious deals, and reminding you that TASTE IS KING℠
Followers: 111,050

Other verified brands of note:

Twitter Italiano (@twitter_it)

Bio: L’account della community italiana su Twitter! Ti sei appena iscritto e non sai come muoverti?
Followers: 1,469,757

Inc (@Inc)

Bio: Our mission is to help entrepreneurs and business leaders succeed.
Followers: 566,035

American Heart Association (@American_Heart)

Bio: The official American Heart Association page. Live healthier with us! Tips on healthy eating and exercise to help prevent heart disease, America’s No. 1 killer.
Followers: 56,238

Oxford Dictionaries (@OxfordWords)

Bio: Oxford University Press, publisher of Oxford Dictionaries, brings you news and insights from today’s world of words.
Followers: 54,773

eHow (@eHow)

Bio: Discover the expert in you.
Followers: 49,636

Morrisons (@Morrisons)

Bio: Welcome to the official Morrisons Twitter account – follow us for offers, fresh food ideas from Market Street & the latest on #SNT.
Followers: 20,230

Legendary (@Legendary)

Bio: Upcoming Legendary releases with partner Warner Bros. include Pacific Rim, Man of Steel, and The Hangover Part III.
Followers: 10,024

California Walnuts (@CaWalnuts)

Bio: We like natural health tips, delicious recipes and inspiring our loved ones to live healthy.
Followers: 4,530 (@Burton_Menswear)

Bio: Providing the modern man with Great British Style. Get involved!
Followers: 3,332

Togo’s Sandwiches (@TogosSandwiches)

Bio: Togo’s, a “West Coast Original” since 1971, serves up big, made-to-order sandwiches stuffed with the freshest ingredients.
Followers: 2,782

Lean Cuisine (@LeanCuisine)

Bio: Whether it’s #food or fashion, it’s all about taste! The chefs at Lean Cuisine are going culinary chic. Join our conversation to see what the talk’s about.
Followers: 1,345

Nissan Support (@NissanSupport)

Bio: We’re here to answer your questions from 7am – 6pm CST Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm CST on Saturdays.
Followers: 459

Twisitor (@twisitor)

Bio: The spectacular photo-tweeting birdhouse!!!
Followers: 314

Infiniti Customer Care (@InfinitiCare)

Bio: Infiniti USA customer support is available 7am – 6pm CST Monday through Friday, and 8am – 5pm on Saturdays.
Followers: 187

Other verified celebrities of note:

Loveable Rogues (@LoveableRogues)

Bio: Check out the ‘What A Night’ video: and preorder the single: @Eddie_LR @SonnyLR@TeEugeneLR
Followers: 213,364

Birds Of Tokyo (@BIRDSOFTOKYO)

Bio: Official Birds of Tokyo Twitter Page.
Followers: 9,008

Petula Clark (@PetulaClarkHQ)

Bio: Welcome to the official Petula Clark Twitter page. Petula’s new album ‘Lost In You’ is coming on 25th February.
Followers: 129