When it comes to Twitter, it seems creators are split about its effectiveness. The platform is either your bread and butter or the often-neglected, underutilized page that wakes you up with a jolt at night—should I be retweeting more? When was the last time I posted? Is this thing on? No matter which camp you fall into, if you’re serious about content creation, and especially if you’re verified on Instagram or any other platform, consistency is key. Getting verified on Twitter is about more than the clout of a blue check.
It also ensures that followers, brands, businesses, and beyond who are searching for you and your content can rest assured that it’s actually you behind the screen. Looking to get verified but not sure where to start? Read on for our step-by-step guide for submitting for verification on Twitter.
Step One: Polish Up
Before you even submit, consider polishing up your Twitter page. I don’t mean delete anything that isn’t PG-13 (although if you’re marketing yourself as a family-friendly creator, that’s probably a good idea), but rather scrubbing your profile so that whoever visits it once you do submit for verification can see why you deserve to get that blue check. Consider pinning a top tweet, giving yourself a header and profile image, and a short bio linking to your website or other social platforms. Note: Twitter no longer requires accounts submitting for verification to have header images or bios, but it couldn’t hurt! You’ll definitely need a profile pic and a display name though.
Pro-tip: you can’t get verified unless you’ve verified your email address and phone number! Double-check you’ve got both before submitting.
Step Two: Go Public
Set your page to Public. This might seem like a no-brainer, but Twitter wants to make sure that if you’re putting out content that’s worthy of verification, everyone can see it!
Twitter has traditionally been very forthcoming with the fact that their main criteria for verifying an account is that that account is of public interest—think celebrities, authoritative voices in film, television, politics, etc., and of course brands and businesses.
Step Three: Submit Your Form
Fill out the Twitter Verification Form.
Twitter recently announced that it will be relaunching its public verification program in 2021. The relaunch comes with a new verification policy that defines what exactly verification means, who gets to be verified, and why some accounts may be losing their verification pretty soon (if they don’t meet the new standards outlined by Twitter in its updated policy).
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