That little blue checkmark next to a Twitter handle has long been held in high esteem.
Originally reserved for the likes of Tony Hawk, San Francisco 311, and NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, the checkmark, which denotes a verified account, has become a status symbol — but it’s been a mystery as to how exactly one attained the coveted blue check.
Starting today, Twitter is allowing anyone to apply for a verified account. While this doesn’t mean it’ll be easier to become verified — according to Twitter, it only approves “account types maintained by users in music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business, and other key interest areas” — the process will at least be more straightforward.
Here’s how to apply:
To start the process, log on to Twitter’s support page: support.twitter.com.
From there, click on “My account.” Then click on “Managing your account.”
Click on the tab that says “Verified accounts.”
From there, click “Request to verify an account.”
Twitter is clear about the characteristics your account should have in order to be considered. You need to add a phone number and website to your account before you apply.
First, I had to enter my Twitter handle.
If your handle represents a brand or company, you have the option to indicate that.
Next, You would be given the option to enter up to five sites to prove you are a real person. Twitter also gives you 500 characters to plead your case for being verified.
You can enter your personal website if you have one, your LinkedIn profile link and your Facebook profile link in the spaces provided, and then explain a brief description about you — hopefully your account “is of public interest,” which is one of Twitter’s criteria.
Twitter will ask you to double check your information, then click submit. Twitter will assure you that you would hear from them by email about whether you have been verified.
Now I just have to wait to hear back — and hope that I receive the coveted blue checkmark.