Can Anyone have a Verified Twitter Account?
Twitter has announced that there is now an online application process in order to get your Twitter account set as a verified status. Verified accounts on Twitter allow people to identify important individuals and organisation ensuring that the followers know that they are authentic. This authenticity is denoted by a circular blue badge icon. Before today’s announcement accounts were verified if they were deemed to be public interest, e.g. brands, celebs, sports stars, public figures, politicians etc. There are currently about 190,000 accounts with Twitter Verification*. (* Twitter stats correct at the time of this blog post in July 2016)
Twitter has stated that they want to make it easier to “find creators and influencers on Twitter”. Twitter are hoping that by allowing people to appliy for verification it will help more people to find “great, high-quality accounts to follow, and for these creators and influencers to connect with a broader audience.”
The application process is now live and I have already applied for mine, so I’m hoping that @mrshanemcdonald will be verified soon. Full details of the twitter verifiaction process is available via the Twitter Help Centre.
How to get Verified on Twitter
To complete the Twitter Verification application you will need the following;
- A verified phone number
- A confirmed email address
- A completed bio
- A profile photo
- A header photo
- A birthday (for accounts that are not a company, brand, or organisation accounts)
- A website / URL
- Your Twitter account set as public in Tweet privacy settings (i.e. not a private account)
- You will also need to explain why Twitter should verify an account.
The responses will be replied to by email and if your request is denied, you can submit another Twitter Verification request for the same account 30 days after receiving the email from Twitter.
I’m sure there will be hundreds of thousands of applications but lets see what happens. From what I have heard many applications are being rejected, even those with high follower counts and thousands of tweets. I will update this post should I get any news from Twitter regarding my application for Twitter Verification status.
Verified Twitter Progress Update: I have since applied for verification twice now and every time my Twitter verification has been rejected. Maybe Twitter Verification is not for everyone after all 🙁
More Details on Twitter Verification
Twitter Verification Update – 25th July
I just got an email from Twitter with the following;
Maybe next time … I can resubmit in 30 days !