Have you been a Twitter person for a very long time? Garnered a good following? And are now wondering how to get verified on Twitter? Well, we got you covered. Twitter has re-launched its profile verification process that was suspended in 2017 and now lets users apply for verification to get the blue tick. So in this article, we will talk about the steps involved to apply for verification, and some helpful tips to easily get verified on Twitter in 2021.
Twitter Verification Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for getting verified on Twitter, you should fit in one of these six categories:
- companies, brands, and organizations,
- news organizations and journalists,
- sports and gaming, activists, organizers, and other influential individuals
In addition, you should satisfy the eligibility criteria detailed in the company’s verification policy for the respective category.
“The blue badge is one of the ways we help people distinguish the authenticity of accounts that are of high public interest. It gives people on Twitter more context about who they’re having conversations with so they can determine if it’s trustworthy, which our research has shown leads to healthier, more informed conversations,” wrote Twitter in its blog post.
How to Apply for Twitter Verification
Twitter says users will see the new verification application in the Account Settings tab over the next few weeks. Since it is getting a gradual rollout, you may not immediately see the option on your Twitter account. Here’s how the verification application process looks like:
1. Open the Twitter app and tap on “Settings and Privacy” from the hamburger menu on the left. From here, tap on “Account” to access your account settings.
2. You will now see an option titled “Request Verification”. Tap on it to access the verification settings page. From the page that appears, choose the appropriate category for your account.
3. You should now choose a method to verify your identity. You will need to upload a government-issued ID, add an official business email address, or an official website that directly references your Twitter account. Pick the verification method that best suits you, and then submit your application.
4. After application submission, you will see a confirmation screen similar to the one you can see below.
With all of that said, do keep in mind that applying for verification doesn’t necessarily guarantee a blue tick on Twitter. If you think you deserve a blue tick on Twitter, just submit the application and wait for Twitter to respond. The company typically gets back with its decision in a few weeks via email. You will also receive an official DM from the @verified account on Twitter.
Now, let’s say you applied for verification on Twitter and didn’t manage to secure the blue tick on the first try. You can reapply to get verified on Twitter. On its official FAQ page, Twitter states you can “reapply for verification 30 days after rejection if you feel that your application should not have been rejected.” Also, there is no restriction on the number of times you can apply for verification.
Best Tips to Get Verified on Twitter
Even if your account satisfies all the conditions added in the eligibility section, Twitter may not necessarily verify your profile. That’s because Twitter considers a few more points for determining the account’s ascendancy. And they are as follows:
1. Complete and Optimize Your Twitter Profile
Applicants must have filled in all the details in their profile, including the profile name, profile picture, cover photo, and bio. In the user bio, it is always wise to add how the general public should recognize you. This could be a job title or notable achievement.
For example, our colleague Vaibhav’s Twitter profile clearly shows his name, profile and cover photo, and the job description. It is always a good idea to include the @account name of your employer in the bio. You can also include links to your blog posts or any mentions on the web on your profile.
2. Make Sure Your Account is Active
Twitter requires verified accounts to be active on the platform. You must have at least logged into the account in the past six months. While you are at it, make sure you tweet regularly and engage with other Twitter users through tweet replies and DMs. This simple tip helps you get one step closer to getting verified on Twitter.
3. Build Credibility on Twitter
You could tweet out articles you’ve written for a major publication and connect with other profiles in the process. Tag your publication, brand accounts mentioned in the story, and more in the tweet to build authority on that topic.
4. Confirmed Email Address and Number
You should have a confirmed email address or phone number for security reasons. Moreover, we would recommend enabling two-factor authentication for Twitter to add another layer of security to your account.
5. Follow Twitter Rules
This might seem obvious, but Twitter requires applicants not to have had a 12-hour or 7-day lockout for violating the Twitter Rules in the past year.
So, that’s how you can apply to get verified on Twitter in 2021.If you think you don’t fit in any of the eligible categories right now, you will be glad to know that the company has plans to expand the categories to include scientists, academics, and religious leaders later this year. Wishing you lots of luck!