Now you can enjoy the ‘Celebrity’ status on Twitter. Yes, you got that right! The micro-blogging site is finally letting general users and other non-verified organisations get the ‘Celebrity’ status on Twitter by verifying their accounts with a blue badge icon. Having a blue badge icon on your Twitter profile has become a mark of being an important person or brand in their niche or industry. As most of the Twitter users are always fascinated with the verified symbol, it helps those who have verified symbol gain thousands of followers. However, the icon actually allows people to identify the Twitter accounts of individuals and organizations as verified and authentic.
Twitter has created an online application process to make the whole experience much easier and smooth for those seeking to receive the verified status. However, an account may be verified if it is determined to be of public interest. Basically, this includes accounts maintained by public figures and organizations in music, TV, film, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business, and other key interest areas. So, if you believe that your account is doing a value addition to society or industry, and has a sizable number of followers, make the best use of this opportunity to get your Twitter account verified. Their goal with this update is to help people find great, high-quality accounts to follow, and for creators and influencers to easily connect with a broader audience. This also means that account verification would rule out all the fake accounts or bots from the platform.
How To Apply For Verified Account On Twitter
To fill the form to verify your Twitter account, you can visit the company’s dedicated support page. The one-page form will ask you to confirm the account that has to be verified and why it should be verified. However, here is the list of what you need to take care of before you hit to the application page:
- A verified mobile number
- A confirmed email address
- A convincing bio
- A profile photo along with a header photo reflecting the person (company logo in case of a brand)
- A birthday (in case of an individual account)
- The link to a website other than twitter that adds credibility to your profile. (Suggestive of links to the newspaper articles that has featured you, LinkedIn URL and your blog links)
- Tweets set as ‘Public’ in privacy settings
- Reasons why you deserve a verification mark / why you need one (make a straight forward remark on why is it essential for you to have a tick mark, talk about how there are dubious account on your name and your identity might get mistaken)
Hrish Thota (@Dhempe) says “to get it quickly verified say someone is defaming you and that will bring your account under immediate scrutiny”
Twitter might also ask users to “scan and upload a legible copy of your government-issued ID (such as a passport or driver’s license) to confirm your identity (Prefer a passport over license)” Once the form has been completed, you will receive an email from Twitter. If the request is denied, users can again submit the form 30 days after receiving the email from the company. Once approved, this is how a verified account will look like:
Twitter was the first platform to introduce account verification, starting in 2009 and currently has close to 187,000 verified accounts. The @CDCgov was one of the first Twitter accounts to be verified in order to help citizens find authentic and accurate public health information straight from the source. Only time will tell about the success of this verification process.