Twitter has opened the gates for anyone to request verification for their account, so here’s your chance to get that coveted blue check mark next to your name.
Previously, Twitter’s verified accounts were reserved for brands, media, and other public figures, but the social media service now has a streamlined application process for everyone who wants to get verified. Here’s what you’ll need to apply:
- A verified phone number
- A confirmed email address
- A Twitter bio
- An accurate profile picture
- A birthday (you can set this to private)
- A website
- Your Tweets set to public
Twitter may ask for a scan of your government-issued ID for verification. You’ll also have to provide more information such as why your account should be verified and additional sites to help prove "newsworthiness or relevancy" in your field. For more on how to get Twitter verified, check out the company’s support page.
"We want to make it even easier for people to find creators and influencers on Twitter so it makes sense for us to let people apply for verification," said Twitter in a statement. "We hope opening up this application process results in more people finding great, high-quality accounts to follow, and for these creators and influencers to connect with a broader audience."
Twitter currently has 320 million monthly active users, but only 187,000 users are verified, according to The Verge. That’s a disproportionate number of accounts that aren’t checked off by Twitter.
By having more verified accounts, users will have a clearer way of distinguishing fake and parody accounts. The new process comes in the wake of criticism of Twitter for not doing more to combat trolls, and after comedian Leslie Jones left the service after she was targeted by trolls.
Though the process is now easier, there’s no guarantee you’ll get verified, but at least the application process is now open to all.
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