It’s a social world, and one in which it is getting harder and harder to make any sort of a splash. That’s why the “verification” badge on social media services like Twitter is so highly sought after. Having that little blue badge next to your account name marks you as official, a person or brand of interest with enough clout that Twitter itself has deemed you worthy.
So how do you go about getting one of those tasty little blue checkmarks? It requires a little legwork on your part, but the steps aren’t all that difficult. Stick around, and we’ll walk you through the process.
Prepare Your Account & Fill Out the Form
The first step in Twitter’s verification process is to fill out their verification request form. In order to complete the form, you’ll need to have set your profile up with a few things first:
- A verified phone number
- A confirmed email address
- A bio
- A profile photo
- A header photo
- A birthday (for accounts that are not company, brand, or organization accounts)
- A website
- Tweets set as public in Tweet privacy settings
- Login verification
- Official government-issued photo ID (for individual accounts)
If you haven’t set these items up, then you will be prompted to do so once you start filling out the request form. For more information on setting up your account for verification, check out Twitter’s guide.
Provide References & Tout Your Importance
Once you’ve gotten your account all set up and begun to fill out the form, you will be asked for up to five websites (other than your official site) that can serve as a reference, identifying you and associating you with your Twitter account. News articles or pages on influential sites are best here.
After you provide your references, Twitter will ask you to tell them why you deserve to be verified (in 500 characters or less). Use this space to make your case for why you make an impact, deserve to be verified or require verification to distinguish yourself from other accounts.
Submit & Wait
Once you’ve done everything we’ve talked about, all there is left to do is click that submit button and wait for Twitter to make up their minds. They’ll email you to let you know, and the @verified Twitter account will follow you as well.
If you get rejected for some reason, don’t despair! You can apply again after waiting 30 days. If you do get verified, don’t take it as an excuse to misbehave. Verified accounts are beholden to Twitter law just like the rest of the masses, and you can have your badge taken away from you if you break the rules.
Oh yeah! That sweet little blue checkmark is now within your grasp. Go get one! If you want to work with a team that stays up-to-date on all things social, give Solamar a shout.