Ever wondered how you could get that little Verified checkmark next to your name on your Twitter account, like the ones celebrities and journalists have?
The Verified checkmark denotes an account that has been validated by Twitter to be authentic. For the account holder, the checkmark is a measure of prestige and a tool to assure potential followers that the account is indeed genuine, an issue that is particularly important for public figures and celebrities.
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There was a time when one could apply to Twitter to request verification of your account but the company subsequently withdrew the process.
Today, Twitter has rolled out that process for everyone.
How To Apply For A Twitter Verified Account
First, know that accounts are verified at Twitter’s discretion and not all accounts will be verified. Twitter’s explanation:
An account may be verified if it is determined to be an account of public interest. Typically this includes accounts maintained by users in music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business, and other key interest areas.
If you believe you have a good chance of getting verified, you’ll need to ensure your account is ready before beginning the application process. Before you begin, your account must:
- Use a real or stage name (or company name, if it is a company account),
- A verified phone number,
- A confirmed email address,
- A biography,
- A profile photo (or company branding),
- A header photo (or company branding),
- A birthday,
- A website URL, and
- Tweets set as public in Tweet privacy settings.
Good to go?
Great. Check to be sure you are already logged into the account you wish to verify, then head on over to verification.twitter.com and begin the application process. Twitter will ask you to confirm that this is the account you want verified.
Next, you’ll need to provide links to some sites that help demonstrate that you are who you say you are. Then, you’ll need to make your case as to why you deserve the coveted Verified badge. You have 5000 characters to make your case.
Finally, you’ll need to upload a scan of a government-issued ID like your drivers license. No, seriously.
That’s it. Now you sit back and wait for an email from Twitter saying you’re account has been verified.
The only other benefit beyond bragging rights is that you’ll be able to filter your notifications to only show replies, mentions, or likes by other verified users.
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