Twitter on 19th July 2016 announced that the verified account badge on the network which was previously made available only for high profiled individuals is now available for all users on the network through an online application form. Meaning you dont necessarily need to be a celebrity to get verified on twitter now.
Verified accounts on Twitter allow people to easily identify key individuals and organizations on Twitter as authentic, and are denoted by a blue badge icon.
In a post confirming the new system on twitter blog, Twitter's vice president of User Services, Tina Bhatnagar said:
Quote:“Our goal with this update is to help more people find great, high-quality accounts to follow, and for creators and influencers – no matter where they are in the world - to easily connect with a broader audience.”
Twitter was the first platform to introduce account verification, starting in 2009 and currently has close to 187,000 verified accounts.
Intrested persons who wish to apply for account verification can do so by Going to https://verification.twitter.com
Accounts are required to have the following before appling for verification.
*. A verified phone number
*. A confirmed email address
*. A bio
*. A profile photo
*. A header photo
*. A birthday (for accounts that are not company, brand, or organization accounts)
*. A website
*. Tweets set as public in Tweet privacy settings
Twitter hasnt still made clarities if it plans to verify everyday people who fill out the form, or stick with its previous practice of only granting it to public figures and industry users, like journalists. If a critical mass of users do opt for verification.... You know the rest of the stories.