Twitter’s distinctive blue tick will no longer be restricted to the rich and famous. From today, any user can request a verified account and the process is pretty straightforward. Getting approved however will still require you to be notable.
Before you can request a verified account, you’ll need:
- A verified phone number
- A confirmed email address
- A bio
- A profile photo
- A header photo
- A birthday (for accounts that are not company, brand, or organization accounts)
- A website
- Tweets set as public in Tweet privacy settings
That’s the easy part. You’ll also need to provide additional information so that Twitter can determine if you should be verified. Twitter outlines some tips to keep in mind:
- We’ll ask you to tell us why we should verify an account. If the account represents a person, we want to understand their impact in their field. If it represents a corporation or company, let us know their mission.
- When providing URLs to support your request, choose sites that help express the account holder’s newsworthiness or relevancy in their field.
- We may request that you scan and upload a legible copy of your government-issued ID (such as a passport or driver’s license) to confirm your identity.
Once you’ve all that taken into account, fill in the form (https://verification.twitter.com/) and Twitter will respond to your request via e-mail. If rejected, you’ll have to wait another 30 days to submit another request.
Twitter's vice president of user services, Tina Bhatnagar, said that the service wants “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.”
"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,” she added.
Despite the more open process, not just anyone will be marked with the blue tick in the near future.