How to verify your Twitter account and get yourself a blue tick

01 August 2016

How to verify your Twitter account and get yourself a blue tick

If you want to know whether you’re following a real celebrity or a fake wannabe on Twitter, you can check whether they have a blue tick (or, more accurately, a white tick on a blue background) next to their name. Twitter explains that “An account may be verified if it is determined to be an account of public interest. Typically this includes accounts maintained by users in music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business, and other key interest areas”.

Until recently, Twitter approached high-profile users when it considered they merited a verified status but, just last week, the site has enabled users to apply to get a blue tick on their own account.

So, if you have been keen to get yourself a much-coveted blue-tick verification, we can tell you exactly how to do it. Just follow these steps:

1. Consider honestly whether your Twitter account is both of public interest and authentic, which are the terms Twitter has placed on verification qualification

2. Embed a ‘follow’ button on your website that links directly to your Twitter account. This will help to increase your follower numbers, as well as demonstrating that you really are who you say you are

3. Gather together links to online profiles you have and any high-profile websites where you’ve been published

4. Make sure your tweets are set to ‘public’ so everybody can see them

5. Edit your Twitter profile to ensure that it is filled out completely. Include your real full name and birth date, a link to your website, a good profile description and a profile and header picture

6. Verify your email address and mobile phone number in the Settings menu

7. Head to this online form and fill it out. Don’t skimp on details and be prepared to justify why you feel you deserve a verified account

8. Include the links to external publications and profiles that you identified in step 2

9. When you have filled out the form, proofread it and hit ‘next’ then ‘confirm’

10. Wait for Twitter to get back to you via email.

Please note that going through the steps above does not guarantee that your account will be verified. If Twitter says no, work harder on being of public interest and demonstrate your authenticity before applying again.