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How To Get Verified on Twitter [October 2019]

Posted by Heather on October 22, 2019
How to get Verified on Twitter

Twitter is one of the best and fastest places to connect with other people, brands and organizations.  To be successful, you may want to have your Twitter account verified. This will help you build credibility as a digital brand, or let others know you are a real person.

Have you seen those blue badges with a checkmark inside them next to a public Twitter account? That means it’s verified.  It’s an authentic account. Twitter has verified that fact.

An example of a verified Twitter account

How does one get verified on Twitter?  We’ll break it down for you step-by-step.  We will equip you with everything you need to verify your Twitter account as a real person, or as a brand or company. Once you are verified, your Twitter account is fool-proof for any Terms and Conditions violations. This lets you scale up your public interest growth on the platform.

Twitter verification prerequisites

You’re going to need a few things before you ask to get verified by Twitter.  Then, you’ll be on your way to having the Twitter verification badge displayed on your Twitter profile.  This is what you’ll need

  • You’ll need a phone number that’s been verified by Twitter as operational and legit.
  • Make sure you’ve confirmed your email address associated with your Twitter account. Your email address should be the one linked to your personal Twitter account, brand or organization.
  • Your bio needs to get filled out for the Twitter account you’re verifying.
  • The profile picture for Twitter must be present; it can’t be the default Twitter egg.
  • Place the header photo that you want to represent you or your brand in the Twitter header section. You can’t leave it empty.
  • Your date of birth needs to get associated with your Twitter account. This doesn’t apply to pages made for a company, brand, or organization.
  • You will need to link a viable website associated with your account.
  • Tweets must have public viewability. This can get done in the tweet settings.

Are you requesting verification of a personal Twitter account profile? Then, you’ll also have to submit a copy of a valid official government-issued ID.  This can be your driver’s license or passport.  It’s used to confirm your request and gets deleted upon completion.

Recommended Twitter Account Profile Conditions

On your way to getting a verified Twitter account, some conditions should be put in place to make it happen.

  • If you’re using a personal Twitter account to represent you, then your username is either your real name or your stage name.
  • When you’re representing a company, cooperation or brand, the Twitter account should also reflect that in the name.
  • Your profile and header photos are relevant and representative of you and or your company or brand.
  • The bio associated with the Twitter account expresses your mission, intent, or expertise.

 

These are just some additional tips and reminders.  These can help your Twitter account have a higher verification acceptance outcome. It will make it able to display the Twitter verification badge.

Recommended security precautions 

Beyond what information you provide to be verified, you also need to have your eye out for security details. A hacked account is much less likely to be verified. Twitter’s info pages suggest the following:

  • Turn on log-in verification so that a second security check is required before you can log in.
  • Keep verification auto-enrollment features turned on.
  • Be picky about which third-party apps are allowed to access your Twitter.
  • Secure the email associated with your account.

When does Twitter ask for more info?

Twitter could ask for more information to verify your Twitter account.  It’s best to provide Twitter with additional information should the need arise.  You’ll have a better chance of being Twitter verified by complying.

When you decide to verify your Twitter account, you must be logged into the Twitter account requesting verification.  Then, you’ll need to fill out a verification request form.  You’ll receive an email from Twitter after your request is submitted.

What things will make me lose verified status?

Currently, some site actions may disqualify you from verification. It’s important to make a note of these before proceeding.

  • Intentionally misleading other members by changing names, bio, or images that do not reflect your identity.
  • Violence, dangerous behavior, self-harm harassment, or hate speech.
  • Inappropriate imagery.
  • Engaging in actions that violate the terms and conditions policy.

Twitter verification in 2019

There has been a lot of controversy for social media credentials in the last years since we first posted this. Things like fake news and phishing scams have tightened the belt on what passes and what does not for today’s social platforms.

Keep checking back frequently because as of late 2018 Twitter sometimes has waiting lists for the verification process. In late 2018, all new verifications were temporarily put on pause.

AdWeek also reported this week that Twitter will be completely rethinking its verification strategy in the coming months. This verification restyle is expected to most impact brands and creative professionals. Politicized content channels will have a stricter verification process.

In some cases, YouTube creators may also have a harder time maintaining their current verification status on their host platform. This may reflect on their associated Twitter accounts. It’s important to keep an updated version of Twitter’s verification policies saved or easily accessible. Refer to it frequently.

If my first verification attempt fails, what do I do?

You can request another Twitter verification for the same account 30 days after your first request should you be denied.  Twitter may ask that certain parts of your Twitter account profile get edited or they may require additional information.

Just follow the directions Twitter sent you via email to get your Twitter account up to verification standards.  Then, resubmit your request for Twitter verification.

That’s it.  You’re now able to go forth and verify your Twitter account.  Simply follow the recommended steps we’ve outlined then, get your Twitter verification.

In the case of a new verification policy denial 

Was your previously approved verification denied? Verification policies are changing. So are the rules for resubmission. If your verification status has been changed, you may have to contact Twitter’s customer service handle to get reapproved. Refer to the Twitter Help Center to learn how you can contact someone in the administration for assistance. Always refer back to the Twitter Help Center in case of policy updates.

Updated on 10.22.19

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