Twitter just announced an easy way to get our Twitter account verified. You see those white ticks (with a blue background) beside the name of very important Twitter accounts that gives that account a sort of official seal? That is what Twitter is talking about.
So if you have ever wondered how to get those white ticks to make you account seem really important, you can now do it easily.
Until now, these official looking ticks or verified accounts were only reserved for big reputable organizations, celebrities and public figures. So you can now join that rarefied group.
The news was announced in a blog post by Tina Bhatnagar, the vice president in charge of user services. She said:
Today we announced that we’ve created an online application process for Twitter accounts to receive verified status.
Verified accounts on Twitter allow people to identify key individuals and organizations on Twitter as authentic, and are denoted by a blue badge icon. An account may be verified if it is determined to be of public interest. Typically this includes accounts maintained by public figures and organizations in music, TV, film, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business, and other key interest areas.
Our goal with this update is to help more people find great, high-quality accounts to follow, and for creators and influencers – no matter where they are in the world – to easily connect with a broader audience.”
Like we’ve being saying since Twitter found itself in dire straits with growth flattening in the last one year, all these new updates are been made by Twitter as a means to reverse the fortunes of the company. I always believe the #RipTwitter campaign was a real kick in Twitter’s backside when it trended for a while.
Some of updates to the service were the introduction of the algorithm timeline that orders a users timeline to show important posts first and a slight tweak to the 140 character limit restriction. Though the later update did not do nearly enough to address what users really wanted.
The most recent update was the allowable size of gif files that can be uploaded to a user’s timeline. Now users can upload up to 15MB of GIF. Unlike the former 5MB. Though this update is restricted to those using the web version of the service.
For now, the real change that people really want is to remove the words/character limit a user can post in a single tweet. Though how that would make Twitter more attractive remains to be seen. But at least, it would make loyal users remain longer on the website. Or to put it another way, users won’t be likely to stop using Twitter if they notice they are not restricted in what they post as their updates.
For now the one issue people can see with more verified accounts is that the tendency to abuse the system would be higher. One problem with a system like Twitter is the infiltration of users who post malicious links for people to click.
Now, imagine a user with bad intentions with that verified account-tick by his name. That tick is like a badge of respectability and trustworthiness. So any innocent person is more likely to click on any link posted by that account.
How to get Twitter Verification
Getting your account verified is rather easy. As long as you say you are who you are and can show proof that your Twitter account does lot of good to members of the public, you would be verified.
The trick is to make sure you have lots of followers; you are very active on Twitter; and you do not usually indulge in things that Twitter considers bad behavior.
One of the things you would need for the process include a government issued identification like a passport or a driver’s license. If you application is successful, you would get a notification in your email.
If for one reason or the other you were not able to verify your account, don’t despair. You can apply again after 30 days.
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