There are a few social media status icons like checking them out on Twitter. The blue tick lets you know when the celebrity, politician, artist or influencer you’re following is actually themselves rather than someone else behind the screen.
We’ve put together this guide detailing everything you need to know about Twitter verification, including who can be verified, what it means, how much it costs and how you can get that little blue tick…
What is Twitter Verification?
Verification is Twitter’s system to let users know that the popular account is real. This is what prevents @taylorswift from stealing the dedicated followers of @taylorswift13 and @newyorktimes from posting fake addresses while pretending to be @nytimes.
To get that blue badge, your account must meet three criteria. It must be original, it must be noticeable and the account must be active.
How do you get a verified account on Twitter?
If you’re hoping to get your Twitter account verified, you must first make sure you meet all three criteria:
- Authentic – Twitter will ask you to submit a link to an official website that refers you, an official email address or identity verification, such as a driver’s license or passport.
- Note – Your account must represent or be associated with a prominently known person or brand.
- Active – Your account must be public with a profile name and profile picture and be logged in within the past six months.
Once you’ve made sure you’ve met these requirements, all you have to do is head over to your account settings, tap on Account Information, enter your password, go to Verified and hit Request Verification.
This will start the verification process.
Can a normal person be verified on Twitter?
Anyone can apply for verification, but you will only be considered if you fall into one of the following categories:
- News organizations, individuals in the news and journalists
- Companies, brands and organizations
- Sports and games
- Activists and Organizers
- Content Creators & Influencers
However, there is no guarantee that you will get the blue tick.
There are also a number of account types that cannot be verified, including parody accounts, unofficial fan accounts, pets, fictional characters, accounts that have violated Twitter’s platform manipulation policies, spam (i.e. those who bought and sold followers) and accounts associated with creating Hate content.
How much does it cost to verify Twitter?
It currently doesn’t cost anything to be verified on Twitter. However, that could all change in the near future.
The social networking site was recently acquired by Elon Musk and reportedly plans to make verification a paid feature on Twitter Blue. According to the Platformer, you’ll soon need to pay $4.99 a month to maintain verification or risk missing the little blue tick.
This report was followed by a tweet by Musk in which he confirmed that “The entire verification process is currently being renewed‘, along with an article from The Verge suggesting that the new version of Twitter Blue required to stay tuned will cost $19.99 per month.
None of this has been officially confirmed yet, but the paid verification process could definitely change the meaning of the blue tick from now on.