How to Get Verified on Twitter

Get that blue checkmark next to your name

Since Twitter stopped accepting public requests for account verification, getting verified on Twitter has become a mysterious process. While Twitter continues to verify accounts, there's no surefire way to get verified without connections inside the company.

How to Get Verified on Twitter

According to Twitter, verified accounts are accounts that are of public interest. In other words, the only way to get a blue checkmark is to become a person of public interest. There's no formula for that, so your chances of getting verified are slim without an agent who knows someone with decision-making power at Twitter.

What It Means to Have a Verified Twitter Account

Verified Twitter accounts can be identified by the blue checkmark badge beside the user's name. When you see the blue checkmark, it means that the person, brand, or organization behind the account is legitimate, and Twitter itself has verified the identity.

Verified badges on Twitter accounts help followers distinguish the real accounts from the imposters (fan accounts, parody Twitter accounts, etc.). Verification is really only necessary for high-profile individuals and well-known brands or organizations. Since a lot of people already know who or what they are, there's a higher risk of seeing imposter accounts built around them.

Some users try to trick followers into believing that their account is verified by placing a blue checkmark in other places, such as their profile photo, header photo, or bio. If you see this on any account, don't fall for it. A real verified Twitter account will only have the official blue checkmark badge at the end of the full name, regardless of whether it's displayed on their profile, in a retweet, in search results, or anywhere else.

Twitter's blue verification checkmark icon
 Twitter

Why Twitter Stop Accepting Public Submissions for Account Verification

In addition to representing authenticity, having that blue checkmark badge beside a name on Twitter also brings a certain degree of authority and importance to that particular account. In other words, it's perceived as an endorsement.

By giving verified users visual distinction, Twitter strengthened the perception of the blue checkmark badge being an endorsement. When Twitter decided to start accepting public submissions for verified accounts, the perception weakened as accounts that didn't deserve endorsement statuses were granted verification. Users couldn't understand why some accounts got verified while others didn't.

To evaluate the verification process, Twitter announced that it was halting applications for account verification altogether in November of 2017. If you submitted a request before November 2017, it is unlikely at this point that Twitter is still going through those last few submissions and has simply decided not to grant your request.

What to Do if You Can't Get Verified on Twitter

Instead of focusing on trying to get your account verified, focus on optimizing your profile photo, header photo, bio, website, and, most importantly, your tweets. As you build your following and your influence continues to grow, make sure to protect your account by enabling two-step login verification. Other social networks have introduced verification features of their own, so you can try to get your other social accounts verified while you wait around for Twitter.

What to Do if You Get Verified on Twitter

According to Twitter's verified account FAQs, recently verified accounts are automatically required to provide personal information (such as a phone number and email address) for a password reset. Twitter also recommends that all verified accounts be cautious with connecting third-party apps, reviewing them regularly, and revoking access to ones that look unfamiliar or aren't being used.

Bear in mind that Twitter has the right to remove verification at any time without notifying the account holder. Besides the risk of losing verification for inappropriate behavior, an account could also lose its verification status simply for changing any profile settings that alter the account's original purpose.

If an account loses its verification status, Twitter might decide that it's not eligible to be restored.