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Twitter most recently changed how you can get Twitter verified and really anyone can now apply. Let me show you in this article how to get Twitter verified.
To be Twitter verified means you have a blue checkmark next to your name.
History of Twitter verification
Before 2016, only handpicked accounts by Twitter could get it.
Then in 2016, Twitter allowed people to apply to get the blue checkmark to show their account was verified. You had to explain why you needed it, send some links to sources talking about you and even share a picture of your driver’s license. I applied at this time and did receive it at that time.
Then in November 2017 Twitter paused the application process due to apparent confusion over what the checkmark actually means.
At the time, Twitter said: “Verification was meant to authenticate identity & voice but it is interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance. We recognize that we have created this confusion and need to resolve it. We have paused all general verifications while we work and will report back soon.”
In 2022, anyone can apply directly from within their account.
Steps to get Twitter verified
To start the process, simply go into your account settings.
Click on verification request.
You basically have to meet three criteria:
- be active
- show up authentically
- be notable
I would think that the ”be notable” criteria is the one where some accounts will not qualify to get the blue checkmark.
The page then explains the process and at the bottom you can simply click on apply.
Is it necessary to get Twitter verified?
In the big picture, it’s probably OK to not be verified on your account but it does add a certain level of proof that you are who you say you are. That specifically can matter to prominent and bigger brands and creators.