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Being able to verify your Twitter account recently has become more important than ever. Though over the last few years Twitter has made a concerted effort to sift out fake accounts, there still remains an inordinate amounts of fake accounts causing immeasurable damage.
Fake accounts are often used to hack other people’s accounts and use them for nefarious purposes.
This makes it even more paramount that you verify your business Twitter account so that you are less likely to get banned if someone attempts to hack your account.
Twitter Verification Prerequisites
You’re going to need to do a few things before you ask to get verified by Twitter. Once completed, you’ll be on your way to having the Twitter verification badge displayed on your Twitter profile. This is what you’ll need
- You’ll need a phone number that’s been verified by Twitter as operational and legit.
- Make sure you’ve confirmed your email address associated with your Twitter account. Your email address should be the one linked to your personal Twitter account, brand, or organization.
- Your bio needs to get filled out for the Twitter account you’re verifying.
- The profile picture for Twitter must be present; it can’t be the default Twitter egg.
- Place the header photo that you want to represent you or your brand in the Twitter header section. You can’t leave it empty.
- Your date of birth needs to get associated with your Twitter account. This doesn’t apply to pages made for a company, brand, or organization.
- You will need to link a viable website associated with your account.
- Tweets must visible to the public. This can be altered in the tweet settings.
Are you requesting verification of a personal Twitter account profile? Then, you’ll also have to submit a copy of a valid official government-issued ID. This can be your driver’s license or passport. It’s used to confirm your request and gets deleted upon completion.
Recommended Twitter Account Profile Conditions
On your way to getting a verified Twitter account, some conditions should be put in place to make it happen.
- If you’re using a personal Twitter account to represent you, then your username is either your real name or your stage name.
- When you’re representing a company, cooperation, or brand, the Twitter account should also reflect that in the name.
- Your profile and header photos are relevant and representative of you and or your company or brand.
- The bio associated with the Twitter account expresses your mission, intent, or expertise.
Here are a few more tips and reminders to help the process along. These can help your Twitter account have a higher verification acceptance outcome.
Recommended security precautions
Beyond what information you provide for verification, you also need to have your eye out for security details. A hacked account is much less likely to be verified. Twitter’s info pages suggest the following:
- Turn on log-in verification so that a second security check is required before you can log in.
- Keep verification auto-enrollment features turned on.
- Be picky about which third-party apps are allowed to access your Twitter.
- Secure the email associated with your account.
When does Twitter ask for more info?
Twitter could ask for more information to verify your account. It’s best to provide Twitter with any additional information they request should the need arise. You’ll have a better chance of being Twitter verified if you comply.
When you decide to verify your Twitter account, you must be logged into the account requesting verification. Then, you’ll need to fill out a verification request form. You’ll receive an email from Twitter after your request is submitted.
What things will make me lose my verified status?
Currently, some site actions may disqualify you from verification. It’s important to make a note of these before proceeding.
- Intentionally misleading other members by changing names, bio, or images that do not reflect your identity.
- Violence, dangerous behavior, self-harm, harassment, or hate speech.
- Inappropriate imagery.
- Engaging in actions that violate the terms and conditions policy.
Twitter verification in 2020
There have been a lot of changes in social media credential policies since this post was first published. False information and phishing scams have caused Twitter and others to tighten the restrictions on account verification.
Check back frequently, because as of early 2020 Twitter has temporarily suspended the verification process. As such all-new verifications have been put on pause.
If you want to attempt verification, simply visit the Twitter account verification webpage to start the process.
In some cases, YouTube creators may also have a harder time maintaining their current verification status on their host platform. This may reflect on their associated Twitter accounts. It’s important to keep an updated version of Twitter’s verification policies saved or easily accessible. Refer to it frequently.
If my first verification attempt fails, what do I do?
You can request another Twitter verification for the same account 30 days after your first request is denied. Twitter may ask that certain parts of your Twitter account profile get edited, or they may require additional information.
Follow Twitter’s instructions to get your Twitter account up to verification standards. Then, resubmit your request for Twitter verification.
That’s it. You’re now able to go forth and verify your Twitter account. Simply follow the recommended steps we’ve outlined and then cross your fingers.
In the case of a new verification policy denial
Was your previously approved verification denied? Verification policies are changing. So are the rules for resubmission. If your verification status has been changed, you may have to contact Twitter’s customer service handle to get reapproved. Refer to the Twitter Help Center to learn how you can contact someone in the administration for assistance. Always refer back to the Twitter Help Center in case of policy updates.
How to get a Periscope account verified?
If you have a verified Twitter account, the related Periscope account will automatically receive verification too.
Why isn’t Twitter verifying accounts in 2020?
Although there aren’t any updates on the current pause of verification, Twitter announced the same pause in 2018. The reason, as stated, was that the blue checkmark was losing its value and exclusivity.
Do I need a verified account?
While it won’t hinder you from any of the app’s features, or from building an audience, a verified Twitter account tells your followers that you are legitimate. If possible, during this time of unverified accounts, try adding @thereal before your Twitter handle.
If you have a Trademark or someone is impersonating you on Twitter, you can still file a report with the company. Visit the Twitter Help Page and select one of the topics that you need help with. If someone is trying to steal your identity on the platform, or they’re trying to imitate your brand, Twitter will remove the account assuming you provide enough information.
Twitter had suspended all accounts from getting verified back in March, 2018.
Because of recent events, a few days ago Twitter has announced they are mobilizing the badge system to help surface and signal more authoritative and verified voices that can provide “credible updates” on the topic of the coronavirus. They have made a general call out for people that are experts to get all of their information up to date — including associating the word addresses with their accounts — to speed up this process.
PSA about what we’re doing to Verify Twitter accounts that are providing credible updates around #COVID19: we are working with global public health authorities to identify experts and have already Verified hundreds of accounts, but there’s more to do and we could use your help.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) March 21, 2020
However, getting the blue check mark on Twitter was never easy.
Prior to this time users were verified typically included: Accounts maintained by users in government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business, and other key interest areas.
If it was a personal account vs. a brand that person had to be in media, and/or work at a major company with a title etc.
Getting verified on your Twitter account means you get a check mark next to your Twitter handle. It makes you look more official. It gives you or your brand the appearance of social influence. Getting verified is also a sign of social proof to your Twitter followers.
As Twitter claims “The blue verified badge
on Twitter lets people know that an account of public interest is authentic.”
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Getting the Blue Check Mark on Twitter Was Never Easy
Try as I might I’m never going to manage to get @verified 🙁 sadface. pic.twitter.com/0dHd49VPed
— John Gooderson (@dronee_) November 3, 2016
My quest to become Twitter verified has failed again. Time for a better profile pic.
— Raymond Camden (@raymondcamden) November 4, 2016
Got me one of the blue ticks! ? just Spotify to get for the full set. ? #verified #djlife #Twitter pic.twitter.com/VFDnc1rkLf
— Freejak (@DJFreejak) November 4, 2016
Big thank you to @twitter. Woke up this morning to find that I’ve been @verified and I’m very thankful for it. pic.twitter.com/2ZW631OsFC
— P Scott Patterson (@OriginalPSP) November 4, 2016
One of the first people I thought of that would be verified was Kim Garst. But even she was denied at first by Twitter. She has over 400,000 followers. But since I first wrote this blog post in 2016 Kim has been verified!
Life is infamous for throwing doozies our way, right?! But, you know what? As we walk through those challenges, we do get stronger. Try to focus on what you learn, not lose, through the process. pic.twitter.com/yJrFKGfy1k
— Kim Garst – Online Marketing Guru (@kimgarst) March 23, 2020
That really me wonder, what gets one verified? And who does the verifying? Is it a computer or a human at Twitter?
One credible source that would be great to see on Twitter is the great Dr. Fauci – but sadly he is not on Twitter 🙁 Many are tweeting about him during this pandemic crisis.
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Testing It Out on Twitter
I had to try becoming verified just for the sake of testing it out. The denial came the first time I tried within 24 hours. It got me thinking: Is it about brands? Is it about what you have written? Is it your job title? And who decides which account is of public interest? I don’t believe it’s the number of followers. I found some verified Twitter users with only 2,000 followers.
What is the secret sauce to become verified on Twitter? As of the third quarter of 2019, the microblogging service averaged at 1.39 million monthly active users. It appears approximately 229,000 are now verified.
That number of verified accounts on Twitter is less than 1% of all Twitter users. (You can find the verified users here. You will notice lots of journalists, politicians, sports stars and entertainers.)
There were some Twitter profiles that did not explain what the users did. These profiles just had a quote – those were the Twitter verified accounts that I found the most perplexing as to why they were verified.
Recently before COVID-19, the Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey answers that question and more on YouTube: (Interesting – why the edit button will never happen.)