Have you ever wanted a celebrity status on social media? Everyone craves the idea and once in a while we want to have a verified identity there. However, not many social media sites will let you have your way on this. Not for Twitter though. The company is now letting everyone verify and have the blue tick right after their Twitter names. The company announced that now everyone can apply to become a verified user.
If you are new to Twitter and have no idea what a verified account is, well here it is: Verified accounts are marked by a blue checkmark. This usually means that you are the person you say you are—and, to some extent, that you are an important person. Twitter mentioned in a press release accounts that automatically qualify for verification.
“Accounts maintained by public figures and organizations in music, TV, film, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business and other key interest areas.”
Twitter is letting everyone know the importance of a verified account. It’s not just about feeding one’s ego. It’s about getting to know that what you are reading or viewing comes from a credible source. The company has been verifying accounts since 2009. The very first account to get verified unsurprisingly was @CDCgov.
Twitter wants to stop harassment on the site
Verification on Twitter is also viewed as a de facto tool to counter harassment to a degree. Verified users can easily filter out tweets from users who are unverified. It’s a small but sure step for users to block out those who create troll accounts to harass others.
However, even with Twitter trying to minimize harassment on the site, some people still feel this is not enough. Experts have argued that verified users could still be harassers. Even though prominent people will get a feature to help them block harassment, all verified people are still not prominent. Even with this open verification for everyone, the company still has the final say on whether your account should be verified. There is however, an option for rejected applications—those who are rejected have 30 days in which they can become eligible to apply again.
The company said on its help page that users will be able to submit applications to be verified under stage names. Companies will also be able to submit their own applications. It also means that becoming verified means you have to provide more information to Twitter than you would do for a normal account. According to Twitter’s help centre, a verified account applicant must have:
- A verified phone number
- A confirmed email address
- A bio
- A profile photo
- A birthday (for accounts that are not company, brand, or organization accounts)
- A website
- Tweets set as public in Tweet privacy settings
You may also have to tell Twitter who you really are by giving them a copy of your National ID. This is not a move you should make if you do not want the company to know all about you. However, if you crave to have the company validate you on the site, then this is an opportunity you shouldn’t pass.