Now Verified On Twitter: Marine Corps, Frances Bean Cobain, Snopes, Prince, Veronica Mars

This is a weekly series of posts that highlights 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.

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In total, 51,331 profiles have now been verified on Twitter, which is a rise of 1,751 newly-verified profiles since last week. In this article we will look at recently-verified brand and celebrity profiles of note.

This week’s top five:

Marine Corps (@USMarineCorps)

Bio: Official Twitter profile for the Marine Corps Recruiting Command
Followers: 35,574

Frances Bean Cobain (@alka_seltzer666)

Bio: ✝✝✝ Thank god for mental illness ▪ Supernatural favors ▪ Horror Movie Enthusiast ▪ wino ▪ Darkest of the Dark ▪ I Read too many Books ✝✝✝
Followers: 51,014

Snopes (@snopes)

Bio: The definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.
Followers: 73,788

Prince (@Prince_Live)

Bio: The Official Prince Twitter Page
Followers: 41,703

Veronica Mars (@veronicamars)

Bio: http://t.co/ERLuiLx1MU
Followers: 23,738

Other verified brands and official bodies of note:

HootSuite (@hootsuite)

Bio: Updates about the social media management tool which helps teams to securely engage audiences & measure results.
Followers: 4,773,107

Latitude Festival (@LatitudeFest)

Bio: The official festival Twitter. Latitude returns to Henham Park on 18th-21st July – see you there! x
Followers: 40,225

Korean Football Association (@theKFA)

Bio: Korea Football Association
Followers: 23,151

Ocado (@Ocado)

Bio: The only way to tweet for groceries.
Followers: 12,243

VO5 (@VO5)

Bio: Tweeting hints, tips and how-tos to get your hair styled and your day sorted.
Followers: 10,948

Topsy (@Topsy)

Bio: Instant social analysis and realtime search of tweets.
Followers: 9,779

Pearson PLC (@pearsonplc)

Bio: The world’s leading learning company, home to the Financial Times Group, Penguin Books & Pearson, the education business.
Followers: 4,697

Holiday Inn Express (@HIExpress)

Bio: We strive to make every interaction you have with us simple, smart and refreshingly engaging. Visit our website to explore affordable hotels worldwide.
Followers: 2,135

David Lloyd Leisure (@DLClubsUKInfo)

Bio: Hi all! We are the UK’s premium chain of sports, health and fitness clubs, trying to reach people who want to get fit and healthy.
Followers: 989

Totinos (@totinos)

Bio: The official twitter of Totino’s Pizza and Pizza Rolls. If your mouth started watering before you could finish reading then this is the place for you.
Followers: 490

Cow & Gate UK (@cowandgate)

Bio: We believe that the best part of parenting is seeing your baby become a little person. So we’re with you every step of the way as you nurture their personality.
Followers: 372

Other verified celebrities of note: