Having a verified account on Twitter comes with some perks, like getting a little blue check mark next to your name and a “Quality Filter” to block abusive tweets. Previously, Twitter would reach out to you if it deemed that you were worthy of verification, but now anyone can apply to be verified.
Twitter has announced an application process for verified accounts. The goal is to make it easier for “creators and influencers” to have their accounts verified so that others can know that they’re the real deal. Here’s what Tina Bhatnagar, Twitter’s VP of User Services, said of today’s announcement:
"We want to make it even easier for people to find creators and influencers on Twitter so it makes sense for us to let people apply for verification. We hope opening up this application process results in more people finding great, high-quality accounts to follow, and for these creators and influencers to connect with a broader audience."
You can find more info about the verification application process on this Twitter support page. You’ll need info like a verified phone number, confirmed email address, a bio, a profile photo, a birthday, and a website in order to complete your application, and you’ll also need to have your tweets set as “Public.”
Twitter launching a verification application is a big deal, as folks have been clamoring for an easier way to become verified ever since the feature first launched in 2009. Just because there’s a verification application doesn’t mean that everyone will be verified, though. Instead, it sounds like Twitter will still be reserving verified accounts for public figures, and the application will just make it easier for those that haven’t yet been verified to do so.
The Twitter verification application process will start rolling out today and will be available globally this week.