If you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed that my Twitter account is verified. Because of this, I get a lot of people asking if I can show them how to get verified on Twitter. That’s what this brief message is about.
How to get verified on Twitter
There are 2 elements to getting verified on Twitter.
- Submitting a verification request.
- Being selected for verification.
The first step is very simple. You just visit this link and submit a verified account request. There’s a short form to fill in, plus you’ll need to have some ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.). It takes minutes. Here’s exactly what you need to do.
The second step to getting verified on Twitter is trickier. The person reviewing your application at Twitter, needs to believe that you fit their verification criteria. Here’s what Twitter’s website says:
“What types of accounts get verified? An account may be verified if it is determined to be an account of public interest. Typically this includes accounts maintained by users in music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business, and other key interest areas”.
In other words, unlike a credit card application, you need to do more than verify that you are really you.
You also need to convince the person handling your verification request that your Twitter account is “of public interest”. I have no idea where their cut-off point is for public interest. Also, as the process is based solely on the opinion of an individual Twitter employee, there’s a lot of luck involved. I really believe Twitter needs to address this.
So, that’s the very simple, 2 step process to get verified on Twitter. Please note, I have no way of getting you verified, so there’s no point in asking me. If you have any verification questions, please use the links in this post for more information. There’s lots of answers to common questions.