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!
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 1,727 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. – 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.
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).
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.
— CLUB SPACE™ (@clubspacemiami) September 26, 2013
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
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.
- Twitter frowns on this type of forgery and the users can be banned from Twitter!
“Misuse 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.”
- 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!
- 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.
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.
I'm just working on a rather interesting article on my site about @twitter, keep a look out for it in my feed tomorrow
— Karen Woodham (@BlazingMinds) October 9, 2013
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 is 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. 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?