The blue checkmark has long been the envy of most Twitter users. It has always been pretty hard to get a verified account from Twitter. You were required to be a public figure and only then would your account be considered for verification. Not anymore. Twitter has announced today that it’s opening up verified accounts to everybody. You can now request a verified account from Twitter.
Twitter users who want a blue checkmark can start by filling out a form on Twitter, a verified phone number and email address are required. A profile photo is also needed along with additional information on why you believe your account needs to be verified. If you’re thinking about applying for verification, bear in mind that Twitter has the right to ask you to upload a scanned copy of a government ID.
The microblogging network is going to retain control over who gets verified and who doesn’t. It says that an account may only be verified if it’s deemed to be of public interest. The idea is to make it easier for people to find creators and influencers on Twitter, so the company says that it makes sense for it to allow people to apply for verification.
Twitter currently has more than 320 million monthly active users from across the globe and so far it has only verified around 187,000 accounts. The company sees this as a way to promote interaction on the platform as more users may only want to interact with accounts that share their verification status.