SOURCE: ReallyWho


August 20, 2009 10:15 ET Launches Web 2.0 Identity Verification Solution Brings the Public Records Identity Verification Technology Used by Financial Institutions to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, WordPress, Blogger and More

CARY, NC--(Marketwire - August 20, 2009) - Can a person be sure who is who in the virtual world? With a name derived from the company's raison d'etre and tagline, "I am ReallyWho I say I am," aims to prove that you can.

ReallyWho brings the public records identity verification technology used by financial institutions to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and other social media websites. "We are protecting Web 2.0 identities with the same proven technology that has been used for years in financial transactions and credit reporting. People have invested thousands of hours blogging, messaging and Tweeting to develop online personas and reputations that are increasingly important to protect," said Bob Butler, CEO.

The ReallyWho technology uses information generated from public and commercial records to formulate questions that can only be affirmed by the person being verified (see sample questions). ReallyWho does not see or save any of these records, and the questions and answers are discarded after verification is complete.

The need to protect your Web 2.0 identity came into public focus this summer when The Wall Street Journal reported that Tony La Russa, manager of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, filed suit against Twitter for the unauthorized use of his name. Twitter had already suffered from hijacked identity issues having to shut down fake accounts for the Dalai Lama, Ewan McGregor, Kanye West and Steven Tyler earlier in the year. Similarly, comedian Chris Hardwick's battle to keep his true online identity has been chronicled by The New York Times. "We wanted to bring a proven solution to Web 2.0 to protect not only celebrity identities, but the identities of everyone who thrives on the social web," said Butler.

ReallyWho delivers identity verification in two ways: 1) In-place Verification and 2) Identity Verified Gateway

  1. In-Place Verification In-place verification stamps a verified
     checkmark on the profile picture on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.
     and provides a ReallyWho link to confirm the person's identity (see
     Appendix A).

  2. Identity Verified Gateway An identity gateway allows people with
     verified profiles on ReallyWho to display links to Facebook, LinkedIn,
     Twitter and any website they control. Using an identity gateway is a
     big time saver over searching multiple websites and profiles of people
     often having the same or similar names (see Appendix A).

There is no cost to find people on and confirm their identities. ReallyWho charges $5 per year (with a money-back guarantee) to maintain a personal identity verified profile with links back to verified websites, such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. "We use a simple fee-for-service business model instead of advertising so you don't have to worry how your information is being used. Also, verifying identities and websites is an ongoing process. Names and addresses change, fraud is discovered, profiles change, social media website accounts are added and deleted, and so on, requiring a continuing service relationship. We make it possible for people to prove they are really who they say they are on an ongoing basis," said Butler.

ReallyWho offers free use of the service to professional bloggers and members of the press and media. Please contact a ReallyWho representative at or for more information about free use. Visit ReallyWho at

About is based in North Carolina's Research Triangle and is a wholly owned operating unit of BestThinking, Inc., which was formed in 2007 and are the developers of ( BestThinking is a knowledge-sharing website similar to Wikipedia and Google Knol that distinguishes itself by using advanced identity verification technology to confirm the identity of all its contributors.

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