For years, some Twitter users have criticized whinged and even begged for the social network to confirm their accounts.
Until now, Twitter Bluetick verification, that show an account is official and belongs to an individual, have only been handed out to celebrities, sports stars, journalists, and those the business deems worthy of having their identity established.
By satisfying in a form Twitter users – the number of which has remained stagnant in current months – can have their account assessed for confirmation.
Not every application will be fruitful, though. A blog post from Twitter says accounts of “community attention” are likely to be approved. This is an effort to make those using the site engage with and follow more accounts.
“Our aim with this update is to help additional people find great, good accounts to follow, and for creators and influencers – no matter where they are in the world – to easily connect with a broader audience,” the post said.
The move may allow for Twitter users getting pestering to filter what they see. One of the only differences of having a Twitter Bluetick verification account is a specific activity column that shows only @ messages, favourites, and re-tweets from other accounts that have been gave the blue tick status symbol. The social network has consistently had problems with users being abused on its platform.
Twitter earlier allowed users to apply to be long-established but removed the feature when they were stunned with requests
How to apply to be Twitter Bluetick verification
As with any online individuality approval, the user has to supply a host of personal information to the company they’re signing up with. Only Twitter accounts with sufficient details will have a chance of being accepted.
The process starts with an online form.
It requires: a phone number being linked to the account, a long-established email address, a fully filled out bio, profile photo and header photo, a birthday, a website, and to be unlocked with public tweets.
That’s not all though, as the business also asks people to explain why the account should be Twitter Bluetick verification – for individuals it says they should explain their “impact” in their field and a business should say what its “mission” is.
“We may request that you scan and upload a legible copy of your government-issued ID (such as a passport or driver’s license) to confirm your identity,” the company’s advice says.
It’s also recommended that a person uses their real name and that photos used in the header and profile reflect that person, or business. A business account trying to be verified should be related to an email address associated with the company. Twitter hasn’t said if there are a set number of accounts it is going to verify but it has said applications will be rejected where necessary.
For those who get rejected – it will notify users by email – it will be possible to try again 30 days after the denial.