Twitter Gets Ukraine’d
In Twitter trends section Ukraine joins the company of other 14 European countries, including neighbouring Poland, Russia (the only other CIS country represented in the Twitter trends), and Turkey. At the time this news was written, Ukrainian users of Twitter talked about football and music (curiously, reflecting the global admiration for American pop singer Adam Lambert, Canadian teen sensation Justin Bieber, and south Korean entertainer PSY).
Interestingly, Ukrainian singer Sviatoslav Vakarchuk became one of the first celebrities in the CIS to get their account in Twitter verified by the service. Having a verified account means that the service has confirmed the identity of its owner and the person behind the nickname really is who they claim to be. Verification comes with a set of signs that instantly show Twitter users that the account has been verified. The feature provides a protection against impersonators of prominent public figures.
In July of 2011, Twitter introduced Cyrillic hashtags for Ukrainian language. The feature allows Twitter users to “use the hashtag symbol # before a relevant keyword or phrase (no spaces) in their Tweet to categorize those Tweets and help them show more easily in Twitter Search,” explains Twitter Support. “Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message shows you all other Tweets marked with that keyword.”
At the beginning of 2011, Ukrainian Twitter enthusiasts created a service that allows searching Ukrainian Twitter users. Twiua provides a map of Ukrainians on Twitter. It includes sections “Celebrity” and “Companies,” and claims to have found more than 390,000 Ukrainians using Twitter.