How to Get Verified on Twitter
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The blue checkmark badge (shown in the picture above) placed next to full names on Twitter profiles, in feeds (including retweets) and in search results can be used to recognise confirmed Twitter accounts.

As you might have guessed before, Twitter doesn't give anybody verification, and the process of getting a verified account can be a long one — especially now with public submissions being put on hold until further notice.

What It Means to Have a Verified Twitter Account

Twitter says checked accounts are public interest accounts.

A checked Twitter account means you have an official account. It means the person, company, or organization behind the account is legitimate— and the identity has been checked by Twitter itself.

Verified badges on Twitter accounts allow followers to differentiate between the actual accounts and the imposters (fan accounts, spoof accounts etc). Often identifying the real ones from the fake ones isn't that easy— especially when imposter accounts use the name or logo to make it look like it's genuine.

Verification is really only required for people of high profile and well-known brands / organizations. Most people already know who or what they are, so the likelihood of seeing imposter accounts built around them is higher.

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Note - Several users try to trick their Twitter followers into thinking that their account is checked by inserting their own blue checkmark sneakily in other ways, such as their photo profile, header picture or bio. If on some account you see that, don't fall in for it. At the end of their full name, a true authenticated Twitter account will only have the official blue checkmark badges, whether shown on their profile, in a retweet, in search results or elsewhere.

Why Get Your Twitter Account Verified

Besides reflecting your legitimacy, having the blue checkmark badge beside a name on Twitter also gives that specific account a certain degree of authority and significance.

Most Twitter users understand that if you can score a blue checkmark badge then you're popular and influential enough to have both supporters and haters who may want to compliment you, copy you, dislike you or make fun of you.

You need not have the same level of fame or influence as an individual like Donald Trump or a Coca-Cola brand. In reality, you'll see plenty of more individuals, brands, and organizations close to medium-level fame and influence these days having blue checkmark badges alongside their usernames.

Why Twitter Has Put Its Public Submissions for Account Verification on Hold

Sadly, you can't submit a request to have your Twitter account verified for verification at this time. As noted above, this announcement was made first by the official Twitter Verified and Help accounts in November 2017, and then again in February 2021. Twitter will be putting the verification process on hold until further notice.

The reason for putting it on hold has all to do with how Twitter users regard the blue checkmark badge more as an essential symbol than authenticity. That is, it is seen as an endorsement.

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Users of Twitter may not have a problem with this but Twitter does. By offering visual differentiation to authenticated accounts, Twitter acknowledged that it was only helping to boost the impression that the blue checkmark badge was an endorsement.

When Twitter decided to begin accepting public submissions for verified accounts, the situation deteriorated as verification was given to accounts which did not deserve endorsement statuses. Users were unable to grasp why some accounts were checked while others had not.

What to Do While Twitter Works on a New Account Verification Program

Since it's been well over a year since Twitter first revealed that it would suspend all public account verification requests, you probably shouldn't hold your breath for the release date of its latest verification plan. Without a blue checkmark beside your name you can still be as popular as ever.

Work on optimizing your profile photo, header photo, bio, website and of course your tweets instead of concentrating on trying to get your account checked. When you build up your following and your popularity continues to grow, make sure that you secure your account by requiring verification of two-step authentication to prevent hackers from accessing your account.

Twitter was the first social network to verify identities, but since then others such as Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and even Snapchat have launched their own verification feature— many of which have some simple steps that users can take to validate their accounts. You could also try to verify your other social accounts while you're searching for Twitter around.

If You Submitted a Request for Twitter Account Verification Long Ago, But Haven't Heard Anything...

You may have had to submit an account verification request just before Twitter placed all public submissions on hold and waited patiently and anxiously for the blue checkmark to appear next to your name for more than a year. If you did, it's doubtful that Twitter is still working through those last few submissions at this stage and has simply decided not to approve your application.

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If You Do Happen to See That Blue Checkmark Badge Appear Beside Your Name...

No one knows exactly what Twitter is up to with its account verification scheme, and since it has only been stated that all "common" verifications have been suspended in its original 2017 tweet, there is still the chance that some accounts will still have verification status granted. If you see that blue checkmark appear next to your name, you will be aware of that.

Recently checked accounts are also allowed to provide personal information (such as a phone number and e-mail address) for a password reset, according to Twitter's verified account FAQs. Twitter also recommends that all authenticated accounts be careful when linking third-party applications, constantly checking them, and revoking access to those that look new or are not being used.

Twitter Can Take Verification Away from Any Account, Any Time

Keep in mind that a verified Twitter account is not necessarily forever and that Twitter has the right to remove it without notifying the account holder at any time. Apart from the risk of losing verification due to inappropriate behaviour, an account might also lose its verification status simply by changing any profile settings that change the original purpose of the account.

If an account loses its verification status, Twitter can determine that restore is not valid.