How to get verified on Twitter
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(Pocket-lint) – Now you can be one of the cool kids – on Twitter, at least.
Twitter has reopened its application process check marks, allowing any former user to obtain a verified account. That said, Twitter tends to distribute verified badges sparingly, reserving them for public figures, brands, journalists, politicians, athletes and high profile users. Back then, you couldn’t even ask to be verified. It would just happen at random.
Now, however, anyone can fill out a form and request verification.
This will notify Twitter of your interest, and if the company deems your account worthy or “of public interest,” you’ll finally get that coveted check mark. In other words: you will have a seat at the kids’ cool lunch table.
What is a verified Twitter account?
Have you ever seen a Twitter profile with a check mark next to the person’s name?
See Kim Kardashian West’s profile for an example. This check mark is called a “verified badge”. It lets people know that the account is genuine and of public interest. You’ll see it on profiles and in search results.
Who is eligible to be verified on Twitter?
Twitter checks user-managed accounts in “music, theater, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business and other key areas of interest.” It’s unclear if Twitter ever checks ordinary people, but we’re guessing not. Currently, to receive the so-called “blue badge”, Twitter has stated that your account must be “genuine, notable and active”.
How to get verified on Twitter
If you believe your Twitter account is of public interest and needs to be verified, you can apply through your account settings in the Twitter app and on twitter.com. Just follow the steps below.
- Click on the icon […].
- Access your settings and privacy
- Go to your account and scroll down to the account information.
- Tap Request Verification
- Tap Start Request
- Submit your request.
- Twitter will come back to you with a decision. It may take a few weeks.
Remark : Twitter will ask you to prove that your account is “genuine, notable and active”. For the required criteria, check out this FAQ page.
Who reviews verification requests?
On Twitter, each eligible application is reviewed “by a human” to ensure it is “thoughtful and thorough.” Occasionally, Twitter will suspend acceptance of applications if it encounters a delay. It took a hiatus in May 2021, for example, but reopened later in the year.
We are resuming the deployment of access to request a blue badge.
If you are considering applying and do not have access to it yet, continue to check your account settings. Thank you for staying with us.
– Twitter verified (@verified) September 13, 2021
Do you have any other tips to know?
Before completing Twitter’s verified badge request form, make sure your account meets the following standards:
- A verified phone number.
- The profile name should reflect the actual or stage name.
- A confirmed email address.
- A complete biography.
- A profile photo that reflects the person / brand / company.
- An anniversary (for accounts that are not a business / brand / organization).
- A link to a website.
- Tweets defined as public in the Tweets privacy settings.
What happens if your request is rejected?
You can reapply for verification 30 days after the rejection. You can apply once every 30 days.
Want to know more ?
This Twitter support page includes troubleshooting steps that may help you on your verification journey.
Written by Maggie Tillman. Edited by Alex Allegro. Originally published on .