Having that blue checkmark badge next to your name on Twitter is pretty boss. It makes you stand out. It makes you look official. It makes you look like someone special. You might’ve noticed that regular people — meaning not just celebs and brands — have blue checkmarks, which might’ve prompted you to ask, “How do I get one of those?” After all, if being verified on Twitter means you get to feel like a celebrity, then maybe it’s worth it. So, how do you get verified on Twitter? Thankfully, there’s actually a process for us mere mortals to receive that official blue stamp of approval. Below, we’ve outlined an easy step-by-step guide.
Fill Out Your Twitter Profile
To ensure you’re a legit person, and not a bot, you’ll need to complete your Twitter profile. This means adding a profile picture, cover photo, name, website, and bio. Then, you want to include a verified phone number and confirm your email address, add your birthday (you don’t have to add the real year!), and then set your tweets as “public.”
Complete the Verified Twitter Form
After you’ve completed your profile, click onto the official verification Twitter form. According to Twitter’s website, “verified badges must be applied by Twitter, and accounts that use a badge as a part of profile photos, background photos, or in any other way that implies verified status, are subject to permanent account suspension.”
According to buffer.com, Twitter’s verification form includes a paragraph section that asks you to explain why you should be verified. We’re thinking, “I want to impress my Tinder date” isn’t a good idea. So you might want to plan on what you’re going to write beforehand. Here, you’re also able to share at least two links to your work or portfolio to support your claim, too.
[Note: As of November 13, 2019, Twitter has stated that their verified account program is currently on hold. While they are not accepting any new requests at this time, you can check back to see if and when they’ve lifted the suspension].
How to Up Your Chances of Getting Verified
While the process is subjective, here are some key things to do in order to increase your odds of landing that checkmark:
— Be a regular online presence on Twitter (why else do you want to be verified?).
— Add additional Twitter accounts on your bio. For example, if you’re a writer, tag the publications that you write for.
— Include your job title in your Twitter bio and don’t be afraid to brag a little. Again, you want Twitter to think you’re someone awesome and worth validating, so make it clear to them that you are someone special.
Who Gets Verified
It’s important to know who stands a better chance of getting verified, and why. While Twitter’s blue badge might seem like the prize from a popularity contest, according to its website, “an account may be verified if it is determined to be an account of public interest.” Basically, they need to think your account is important to the public conversation. “Typically this includes accounts maintained by users in music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business, and other key interest areas.” Yeah, it’s sort of vague and subjective. Which means you should just give it a shot and see whether or not you’ll get that checkmark. If you don’t get verified, no sweat. You can re-apply after 30 days.
Also worth noting: if you do get that beloved blue checkmark, your verified badge does not imply an endorsement by Twitter. It just means you might be kinda cooler than the rest of your friends.