Wouldn't it be cool if you had that blue cloud with a white check in it on your Twitter profile? Since July 2016, you no longer have to wait for Twitter to pick you to become a verified user. You can submit a request yourself to have your account verified. Submitting a verification request doesn't guarantee you'll get that coveted check mark now, but you can increase your chances of verification by actively using Twitter and filling out a verification form.
Part 1 of 2: Making a request
Step 1. Go to the verification request form
You must be logged into your Twitter account to continue.
Step 2. Confirm the username you would like verified
You will automatically be prompted to submit a request for the account you are logged in to. Sign in to a different account if the account displayed is not the one you want to request verification for. Click "Next" when you're done.
If you're requesting verification for a business or organization, check the box in the lower left corner of the screen to indicate that
Step 3. Fill in all the missing information
If your Twitter account is missing certain information required to make a request, you will be notified on the next page. Please add this information to your Twitter account and then return to the page to continue.
See the following method on increasing your chances of verification for a list of all the information you need to be eligible to submit a request
Step 4. Fill in websites as references
Provide links to 2 to 5 websites that can be used to verify your account.
- Provide links to newspaper articles or popular websites where you are mentioned, or other evidence of your public influence.
- Your official website is already listed on your Twitter profile, so you don't need to re-enter it.
Step 5. Explain why your account needs to be verified
Briefly describe why your account needs to be verified in the box below.
- As an individual you have to show what your influence is. Describe the extent of your public influence, and name one or two significant ways in which you have changed your field.
- As a company or organization, you should describe your mission, as well as the successes you have had in pursuing it.
Step 6. Click the "Next" button
It's the blue button at the bottom of the screen. You will be presented with a page asking you to confirm your request.
Step 7. Click "Send"
Your request will now be sent and reviewed. You will be notified by email when a decision has been made.
Step 8. Wait for the Twitter account @Verified to contact you and give you instructions on how to verify your account
If Twitter decides you're eligible for a verified account, you'll be notified by private message. Click on the link in the private message to complete the process.
Don't worry if your request is denied. You can resubmit your request after 30 days
Step 9. Complete the verification process
This last part of the process consists of 3 steps: (1) Learn how to tweet effectively, (2) Connect with other interesting Twitter users, and (3) Protect your account.
- With Learn how to tweet effectively, you always get the choice between 2 tweets and you have to indicate which of the two is better. This is a kind of test, but there are no negative consequences if you don't give the correct answers. This step is designed to teach you how to get more followers on Twitter.
- Connect with other interesting Twitter users gives you the opportunity to follow other verified accounts. Twitter is believed to give you more legitimacy as a verified user.
- Protect your account asks you to provide a phone number that Twitter can call if there are problems with your account. Your account will be verified when you complete this step.
Step 10. Do not change your account information
Once you have received a verification badge, it is important not to change your account details. If you change things, such as your profile picture, Twitter may remove the badge and force you to contact them again.
Part 2 of 2: Increasing your chances of verification
Step 1. Get as well known as possible
The most common reasons for verification - whether you're requesting yourself or being picked by Twitter's verification team - include being a highly recognizable and well-known person (such as musicians, actors, athletes, artists, government officials, government agencies, etc.)) or that your name and identity are being parodied or misused on various Twitter accounts, causing confusion.
- Twitter will not verify your account based on the number of followers you have. They say the following about this: "The number of followers is not counted when determining whether an account meets our verification criteria". The number of tweets you post also doesn't matter.
- For more information, read the terms and conditions for verified accounts. It explains what a verified account is, what it means to be verified, who has the verification badge, how to recognize a verified account, etc. You can find them here.
Step 2. Make sure you are eligible for verification
There are a number of requirements that you must meet in order to complete the entire verification process. Before submitting a request, make sure you have the following:
- A verified phone number
- A confirmed email address
- A bio
- A profile picture
- A header photo
- A date of birth (for accounts not used by companies, brands or organizations)
- A website
- Tweets set as public in privacy settings
Step 3. Put on a little branding
Most Twitter accounts that are verified are easily recognizable across all of the site's communication channels. To make your brand recognizable, do the following:
- For individuals: use your real name as your Twitter name.
- For organizations and companies: choose a Twitter name that makes it clear which company or organization it concerns.
- Choose a good quality profile photo that shows you yourself, or that fits your company or brand.
- Use the same email address you use for business questions and requests, if you have one.
- Post a link to your Twitter profile on your official website. Also put the address of your website on your Twitter profile. It is very important that you link to your Twitter account, because adding links from websites to your Twitter profile does not prove that your account is genuine.
- Twitter recommends putting a "Follow" button on your official website or blog. This way you ensure that your readers can easily find your real account.
- Also post a link to your Twitter profile on other social profiles, such as your Facebook and LinkedIn profile. All of these links help to prove that you are who you say you are.
Step 4. Be an exemplary Twitter user
According to Twitter, the number of tweets a user posts is not taken into account when deciding whether or not to verify an account, but it is still very important to the verification process to be an active and engaged user of Twitter. Tweet regularly, be interesting and stick to the topic, use hashtags, ask and answer your followers questions, never be a troll and follow other verified users.
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Step 5. Hire an agency
Most celebrities don't request a verified account themselves, but have an agency do it. By hiring an agency or an intermediary, you gain more status as a famous person, especially if you manage to find an agency that already has contacts at Twitter.
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Step 6. Purchase advertising space
Twitter makes no official statements about this, but several companies with a verified Twitter account have indicated that spending about 5000 euros per month on advertising space also ensures that an account is verified and will remain so.
Step 7. Get a job with a prominent company
Some prominent companies (such as BuzzFeed) have an agreement with Twitter that all high-ranking employees automatically get a verified Twitter account. This may not be the easiest way, but it is something to think about.
- If you don't qualify for a verified account, the best way to prove that you really are who you say you are is to post a link to your Twitter account on an official website.
- We all want a verification badge, but let's face it, Twitter won't give everyone one. So don't bother them with requests unless you're absolutely sure that you really qualify.
- Having a verified Twitter account doesn't stop others from creating fake accounts that pretend to be you or are a parody of you.
- Do not include a fake verification badge at the end of your Twitter name. You may think this looks cool yourself, but Twitter will probably delete your account.
- After your account has been verified, you may notice that some of your followers have been removed.