Up until recently it was mainly celebrities which had little blue ticks on their Twitter account. These indicate that the accounts are verified, which means that @katyperry is actually the international music sensation and not some bloke from Dunstable using the name and pretending to be her. There was nothing you could do if your account wasn't verified - Twitter decided which accounts it would check out and approve, but now there's a process where you can apply to prove you are who you claim to be. Here's how to get your Twitter account verified. See also: A guide to Twitter basic

How to get your Twitter account verified: Request verification

The only way to get a verified account is to request one from Twitter. This isn’t quite as straightforward as a quick tweet to CEO Jack Dorsey (@jack), but instead requires a few details so that the social media overlords can decide whether you are someone of public interest or not. Although anyone can apply, the company does state that verified accounts are more likely to be sanctioned if you work in certain industries:

“We approve account types maintained by users in music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business, and other key interest areas.”

To begin this process you’ll need to visit the Verification page of Twitter’s help centre.

How to get your Twitter account varified

Here you’ll find a link to another page which outlines the various things you’ll need if you want your application to be successful.

In brief they include:

  • 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
  • Possibly a scanned image of your passport or driver’s license

Alongside this basic information the site also says that a verified account should have the same name, or stage name, of the person in question. So if you currently go by @mrbigboypants then you might want to reconsider your ID, and possibly some of your life choices.

Once you’ve gathered all of your supporting evidence together click the Continue button at the bottom of the screen and follow the step by step process. Twitter will then consider your application and let you know whether it deems you important enough to be valid.

Isn’t modern life so very reaffirming?

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