Thursday 4 August 2016

How To Get "Verified" on Twitter

Getting a "verified" account on Twitter used to be an arcane secret. You opened up a Twitter account and depending on who you were and how important Twitter felt you were they would contact you if they believed you deserved the "verified" status.

Typically it was reserved for media stars and politicians, but no longer.

As of July Twitter has opened up an application process to get a "verified" account. Before you begin, review your account and ensure you are happy with all the information, including contact methods, picture etc. If you change any of these after being verified it can cause you to lose your "verified" status and you'll be starting all over again.

 So how can you try to get a verified account? Here's what you need to do.

1) Log in to your Twitter account and fill out a Request To Verify Account
2) Twitter will ask you to confirm the account you are requesting verification of:
If your account is lacking in any information (birthday, header image, website, etc) you will get a message saying you are not eligible for verification. Yes, you must have a website. Include any other websites that reference you to help establish your identity.

3) Provide an explanation on why you should be verified. It doesn't need to be "War & Peace" but a few lines explaining your impact on social media are required to provide context.

4) Click the "Next" and "Submit" buttons.

5) Wait. Twitter will review your request and let you know their decision. If they say "No" you can try again in 30 days.

While they have opened up the application process, it's still difficult for the average person to get a "verified" badge, so don't be too disappointed if your request is declined.

Happy surfing!

-The Home Geek

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