If you have been a Twitter user since long, there is no saying how much trustworthy your profile would look with a blue checkmark by the side of your name. Prior to the recent announcement, Twitter reserved the little blue tick only for brand authentication, official celebrity accounts and accounts of other persons of interest.
In a recent announcement, Twitter said that they would be opening up the verified tick mark feature for general public. What this means is that now literally anyone can put up an application to get verified and get a blue check mark by side their name on Twitter.
But it is not really that simple to get your profile verified and chances are high that your application might get turned down. The application requires you to explain as to why your account is qualified enough to be verified. In short, they want to know how you impact the twitter community.
Here I have made a list of pointers that would make your twitter profile worthy of getting a verified blue badge. While I cannot guarantee that these will get your account verified, I can definitely assure that you’d be better than the majority of applications that Twitter receives.
Tips to get your Twitter account verified
Verify your phone and email address
You should’ve done these while you first signed up, but if for some reason you haven’t already then I suggest you do so now. You can verify your phone number and email address by clicking the “Edit Profile” link on the right side of your Twitter page.
Jot down a quick bio about yourself
Write down a small introduction about yourself. Focus more on your skill and talents if you are trying to promote yourself as an artist or an entrepreneur. You can also include things that you love to do. Unleash your creativity here.
Put up your real birthday
You can skip this step, if you are trying to get your brand page or a company page verified.
Add your Real Name
How hard is that? What would happen if 70% of profiles on Twitter were ‘made up’ or ‘fake’?
Your profile is more likely to get verified if you put up your real name. If you have a lengthy name like me, then just mention your first name and last name.
Profile picture and Header image
Put up your real picture instead of having some Looney toons image (lol). I mean, your real picture makes your profile looks more genuine. Get it up for now, as you can always change your profile pic later after getting verified.
Your Tweets’ privacy
Make sure you set your Tweet privacy settings to Public. I mean, why would anyone who tweets discreetly want to get their account verified? You get the point, right?
Add your blog or website
If you have a personal blog, then make sure you put that up on your Twitter profile. Ignore this step if you don’t have one.
I would personally suggest you to create a personal blog on any free blogging platform. This would add that extra personal touch to your Twitter profile.
Show off your Social presence
You can include links to your profile on Facebook and Instagramand other social networks. Additionally, you can also mention your LinkedIn profile.
Why should Twitter verify your account?
Twitter requires you to add a short paragraph showcasing how active and engaging your presence on Twitter and other social media is. Again, be creative and don’t just cough up a monotonic 500 character summary.
Once you are ready, you can fill out this application form. Make sure that you are logged in to the account that you want to get verified.