Twitter Verification, How Do You Get Verified on Twitter?

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We’ve probably all thought about Twitter Verification at one time or another, those of us who have had our Twitter accounts cloned/copied in the past would love that little tick, but it may be out of our reach.

Being a journalist I often hope that one morning I will wake up and receive that DM from @verified letting me know that I have been chosen to have the elusive tick added to my account to show that I am actually who I say I am.

I have been asked many times by friends, “How do you get verified on Twitter?” and “How can I get Twitter to verify me?“. But to be honest, If I knew the answers to the questions, I’d have a verified account from Twitter myself by now!

Twitter Verification (Verified Tick)I may be a little obsessed with the complete verified situation, but when you have had your account duplicated and you have to get in touch with Twitter to take down accounts that are pretending to be you, it does get to the point of you thinking, “Hey, isn’t about time you verified me!“.

Ok I may not be a celebrity and I’m probably never going to be, but, you don’t have to be a celebrity to be verified these days, you just have to be someone who Twitter notices in the myriad of tweeps saying what they’ve had for breakfast in the morning!

But there is a veil of mystery behind the gears and cogs of the verification process over at Twitter and although you will see tweets going out from people saying things like “Follow us we will get you verified” or “Join our website and Twitter Verification guaranteed“, you have to remember that only one group of people can get you verified and that is Twitter!

When it comes to being verified on Twitter, do you have to consider that will it make a difference to you after a blue tick, probably not, I’ve seen verified accounts with hardly any followers and ones that are quite inactive as well.

For example: @sevenfootwave who only has 1,396 followers and hasn’t tweeted since January and has only tweeted 11 times, is verified!

So it only goes to prove that when people tweet out telling people they have 100K followers, the follow count isn’t taken in to account, even the official stance from Twitter themselves says that the “verification does not factor in follower count“.

So Who According To Twitter Can Get Verified?

Twitter proactively verifies accounts on an ongoing basis to make it easier for users to find who they’re looking for. We concentrate on highly sought users in music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, advertising, business, and other key interest areas. We verify business partners from time to time and individuals at high risk of impersonation. We are constantly updating our requirements for verification. Note, verification does not factor in follower count or Tweet count.

  • The Twitter accounts you request verification for must be connected to a company domain email address.
  • The account must be actively tweeting and have a complete profile, including the userโ€™s real name, bio, photo and a URL link.

Source Twitter.

Twitter themselves also recommend that another way, without being verified, in proving that you are who you say you are and authenticating your Twitter account is to add an official Twitter follow button on your website, just like the one you can see here in the Blazing Minds sidebar, go on click it and follow me, just to prove it works.

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But How Else Can You Get Twitter Verification?

Now that is the million pound question isn’t it, I’ve spent hours surfing the internet, looking for advice on how to get verified and it always, always, falls down to the same point, Twitter have the last say!

I have found some useful information on my travels across the world-wide web, but nothing has the golden answer and simple way of just clicking a link and getting a verified Twitter account in an instant.

So if you are looking for a quick answer and simple method to Twitter Verification, then I’m afraid you will NEVER actually find it, no matter how much surfing around the different websites from around the globe.

The Only Advice I Can Give You Is ….

Wear sunscreen (Damn! Does that song never get out of my head), seriously though, my advice is to tweet interesting stuff that Twitter may pick up on, my hope is that they will notice the live events that I cover and tweet from and actually see I’m me!

Follow like-minded twitter accounts, follow verified accounts that you find interesting , some of them may follow you back, I’ve had a few follow me and also the verified users that I have met in person at events such as @TINBand, @Wheatus and @MCLars.

Make sure all your information is complete, do not leave anything blank and certainly get rid of the Egg avatar. Follow the check-list:

  • Change you Avatar, a selfie is best unless you are a brand/company, in which case use your logo.
  • Upload a header, design a header with your face perfectly matched together, it looks great, I did for mine.
  • Upload a background
  • Make sure you have used your real name, unless you are a brand/company.
  • Add your real location, not the moon or something silly, unless you are a comedian and you do come from the moon!
  • Add a link to your website or your about page.
  • And most importantly add a well written bio, that isn’t stuffed full of keywords and hash tags. This is the section that sells you to your potential followers and also shows Twitter that you do have an idea of who you are and what you are about.

Make twitter lists for yourself, if you have verified followers that have taken the time to follow you, add them to a list, build different lists of those “tweeps” that you have an interested in, love a few TV programs? add them to a list, same goes for Movies, Bands and Celebrities, it is certainly easier to find their latest tweets than sifting through your timeline.

Communicate with them, ask them about their latest projects, show that you have an interest, some will follow, some will tweet back, sadly not all of them as a lot never do.

Find yourself a damn good agent that can help you get that blue tick for your account, let them do all the grovelling and leg work with Twitter to get you verified, after all they know what they are doing or you hope they do.

Show Off Your Talent!

Get on a talent show! Yep seriously, shows like X-Factor etc. usually get the accounts of many of the finalists verified, just like my good friend @SamiBrookesXFac did when she was on the show in 2011. Yes I know it’s a long shot, but it’s an avenue all the same and if you are talented it will prove it.

Companies May Verify Employees!

If you are a journalist, musician or in the public eye, then more often than not the company will get all its employees verified with Twitter, how this is done is a closely guarded secret in the offices of these companies (probably).

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Reach Out To Your Fans/Follower/Friends In The Twittersphere

I’ve seen this done many times when searching Twitter for the #Verified hash tag, artists, bands and journalist will tweet out a message to their fans asking for their help and 9 times out of 10 you will shortly after see a tweet from them saying thank you in some way or form.

Of course if you would like to help Blazing Minds get verified on Twitter, your more than welcome to help spread the word on Twitter, then I could send a tweet out saying thanks to everyone ๐Ÿ˜‰

A Method Of FAKE Verification That Could Get Your Twitter Account Cancelled!

Now I have seen this method done hundreds of times, I’ve also seen a lot accounts get removed for doing this process, so in my humble point of view, I really recommend that you do not try this!

A lot of users have added the blue tick to their accounts via the header image, although they think this looks amazing and it can fool some people, there are several important things that they tend to forget.

  1. Twitter frowns on this type of forgery and the users can be banned from Twitter!
    โ€œMisuse of Twitter Badges: You may not use a Verified Account badge or Promoted Products badge unless it is provided by Twitter. Accounts using these badges as part of profile photos, header photos, background images, or in a way that falsely implies affiliation with Twitter will be suspended.โ€
  2. When the account is viewed on a mobile phone or on one of the Twitter apps, the header image changes, making the tick appear in the wrong place. You’re not fooling anyone but yourselves using this method!
  3. The official Twitter tick, is always at the end of the users name, it doesn’t move, it always lines up perfectly. Also hovering over an official tick will bring up “Verified account”.

So when it comes down to it, DON’T TRY TO FAKE A VERIFIED TICK!

Advertising With Twitter!

Not 100% sure on this one, but this has gone around for a while now, it has been said that if you advertise with Twitter for $15,000 you will get a verified account!

As I said, I really don’t know about this one, it sounds plausible that they would give a “tick” as an incentive to advertisers, I did get in touch with Twitter’s PR, while working on this article, asking them various questions about verified accounts and I did bring this up, they did reply, which was nice, with a link pointing to the FAQ page for information about verification on Twitter, but the question on the advertising was unanswered.

I appreciate that they took my email under consideration and replied to it, most big companies just ignore people.

Asking Someone Who Knows Someone at Twitter!

Now this something that I have just discovered, I won’t mention names, but, someone that I know had their name put forward from the Head of Social Media at the place they work, who regularly meets with people at Twitter, a sure way to getย Verified, so this is another avenue to take and something that I now know works, you just need to make good friends with someone who meets with Twitter on a regular basis!!

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Don’t Beg To Twitter!

Yes I know it’s a strange thing to say, but “begging” to Twitter, just won’t work and by begging, I’m talking about sending a barrage of tweets from yourself to both the Twitter and Verified accounts telling them they should verify you.

I’ve seen countless users begging, just do a search for @verified mentions and you’ll see a mass asking, telling and begging to be verified, does it get them anywhere, not really no and to be honest the majority of them are clearly spammers!

Why should they, specially if they haven’t a clue who you are and what you do!

Also, there is no point contacting Twitter through their contact pages, not unless your Twitter account has been duplicated or worse, hacked, Twitter will clearly stipulate that contacting them to become verified is a waste of time as they will not verify an account this way!

Is The Blue Tick Really Needed For Your Twitter Account?

Who knows! I always say that it would be nice for myself, as a personal goal to be verified on Twitter, having that little tick next to my name would give me a little advantage when getting in touch with artists, bands, event organisers and PR agents, to prove that I am who my Twitter says I am.

My Twitter Verification to date, has been to follow the Twitters guidelines , adding my Follow Button here on Blazing Minds, even creating a unique header with merged avatar and background to my account to show it isย me, even tweeting from the live events I cover, so far, I’m not verified, but you just never know, maybe one day.

So over to you guys, I’d love your thoughts on Twitter Verification. Would you like to be verified on Twitter and do you think there is an easier way of Twitter showing you are the real person behind the account?

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Twitter Verification, How? Why? When?
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Twitter Verification is strange phenomenon, some get the tick some don't but do you need a tick at the end of the day to prove who you say you are?
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Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds, an avid blogger and bona fide journalist. She is also a Cinema Film Reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn, where she reviews the latest movies, she has also had several articles published in various publications. She has recently become an Award Winning Blogger and is listed in the UKs Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham

@BlazingMinds

Award winning Entertainment website, with reviews, event coverage & exclusives, listed as one of the 10 Best UK Blogs. Founded by @KarenNWoodham
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  • JJ

    I remember when we started the twitter for Remergence, we hoped that one day it would be verified, seeing that it was an “artist/band” account but it didn’t and still hasn’t.

    You never know Karen, you may be noticed one of these days, but we all support you verified or not ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • I was a little obsessed with getting verified at one time, but I think now it’s a case of if I do get verified at some point I would be very happy, but I’m not going to scream and shout at Twitter to do it, if they notice me then great.

  • I remember that time when you were bit obsessed with getting verified in twitter. It definitely is a strange phenomenon as some people gets verified soon while others take too much time even with a huge follower base. I guess same applies to facebook too.

    Let’s hope one day you will get verified ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks Jakes, maybe one day, it was easier getting verified on Pinterest lol

  • I would love to be verified on Twitter! Who wouldn’t? For me I have a pretty common name (apparently..?) and I would like to be the only “true” me on Twitter!

    LOL, I loved the tip about getting on XFactor or a talent show. I have many talents but singing and dancing are not two of them unfortunately. Guess I’ll have to keep working on my writing and following ๐Ÿ™‚

    Too bad it isn’t as easy as it is on Google + to get your Authorship/Publisher authorized though ๐Ÿ™

    • Thanks for stopping by Jason, I think the same goes for me when it comes to the XFactor, I think all we can do is keep doing what we are doing to show Twitter that we are genuine about our work.

  • Nile

    I’ve been hacked in the past and have been copied before… this is one thing I will probably look into. I may actually qualify… don’t know, but I’ve got to get verified and I think some of your advice will help.

    Might have to help get you to help in my campaign…lol

    • I’ve been hacked and copied many times, still waiting for that verified tick though. Twitter do give their list of tweeters they will verify and I fall in to the journalist category, I’ve had articles in newspapers and covered many big events and names, still nothing. Good luck in your quest for the tick ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • anastris

    Hi, Karen
    Nice info and share from you. But i think it is difficult to get twitter verification. Twitter verifies as few accounts as possible and only for legitimate reasons.

    Reasons for asking Twitter include being a highly recognizable public figure (athletes, artists, public officials, public or government agencies, etc.)

    • And that is the point I put across in the article!

  • Getting verified on Twitter is not as easy as it may seem.
    The weird thing is that some of the people get verified much earlier than the others and we can’t really figure out how this works.

    • Twitter, in their wisdom, decide who should be verified and who shouldn’t, but their guidelines are clear on who they will verify at some point in time.

  • Ryan Biddulph

    Karen, love these tips! Following influencers and engaging verified folks can help you move up a few circles. As you tweet sensational stuff and make friends in high places who knows what could happen, right?

    Thanks for sharing!

    Ryan

    • Thank you Ryan, I have my fingers crossed that sooner or later I will get that little magic tick on my Twitter account ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • I really liked your write up. I’m in 60 publications and wikipedia but not verified. I don’t sweat it. I think it’s funny. They see to verify musicians quicker!

    • Thank you Wayne, I think musicians must have some kind of special privileges ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • This is very fascinating. I would love to be verified. But I think its not going to happen. I wonder who actually gets verified, do Twitter actually send you an email that they want to verify you?

    • Twitter will actually get in touch with people they verify via DM and I think an email as well, then they ask a few questions. But as I have mentioned, it is all down to the decision from Twitter who gets verified.

  • Hi Karen

    It amazes me how may people try the fake verified tag. Do they not realise it’s very easy to spot and makes them look completely stupid?

    Luckily I’ve never had anyine try and impersonate me – that’s when you know you’ve made it I guess?

    • Those that do fake the tick, must be so stupid that they think no one would ever notice!

  • And before anyone asks, yes I am still waiting to be verified, even though my account has been copied in the past and I am now a bona fide journalist with Press Card, still no blue tick on my Twitter account.

  • I wish it was easy to be a verified journalist on twitter, I totally recognise the work behind it, so big up! Unfortunately I’ve never had the chance for that, although I don’t care too much about my twitter feed, I only push the t button on some blog posts I like or find interesting. Being a verified writer can have a bigger challenge and blame as well…

  • I have actually seen my work stolen and used on Twitter as well as other sites around the world! I guess it’s just impossible to stop it all…