How to get verified on Twitter

How to get verified on Twitter

People want verification status on Twitter because it makes them look special. It massages their ego. It's nice.

It also helps make your account look respectable, stand out from the trolls, allows you to trial a number of features before they're rolled out, and can attract you new followers. It's a question people have been asking for years. Who wouldn't want their account verified on Twitter?

The answer in 2019 is sadly that the only way to be verified on Twitter is to know someone at Twitter.

Officially, Twitter says that they are not accepting requests for verification. This is technically true, as in the system they used to have where anybody could request verification is closed to new entries.

However there are still a few people being added to the system. The ones who stand out the most are brand new reality TV stars. Clearly their talent scout will have contacts at Twitter who are able to "make an exception".

The holding page on Twitter's public verification application form implies that it will reopen one day, but it has been closed for years so it's not clear what their plan is. They are really struggling with the idea that a blue tick adds credibility to an account, meaning Twitter was being judged by who it verified.

Even when anybody could have their account verified by Twitter, the system wasn't fair. It would ask you to fill out a form with very vague questions and then a robot would make an immediate judgement on your application, based on a secret methodology, which would usually result in an email rejecting you precisely 48 hours later.

The rumour was that Twitter underestimated how many people would be applying, and they added the robot stage to reduce the amount of work their human verifiers had to do. I don't know if that's true, but it would explain how some not-very-noteworthy accounts managed to slip through in the early days.

Elsewhere, Facebook and Twitter also allow you to verify your account. The process - and the problem - is very similar. They refused to be drawn on what they want to see before verifying an account, except to say that it usually isn't you.

Most likely the public verification system (for people who don't have contacts) is based on a count of how many people visit your account, or how many people search for it.

What doesn't make sese is why they bother asking you to apply for verification, if they have a formula which has already decided you're not worthy. Still, when did anything about Facebook make sense?

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