Twitter has announced that anyone can apply for verification of their accounts. Twitter verification scheme, launched in 2009, helped general public to distinguish a real account from a fake one. Till now, this was kind of exclusive to celebrities and high-profile users, who often have such parody accounts registered with their name.
Verified accounts have a blue badge placed near the profile name. As a result, no such personalities got caught up in controversies just because an impersonator tweeted some wrong stuff. It also ensures that celebrities don’t get away after tweeting something controversial.
The micro-blogging site, which has around 310 million active users, has only 187,000 verified accounts. Politicians, news channels, private companies, sports personalities and other such high-profile users make up this set of verified users. CDCGov, NASA, Kim Kardashian, Oprah Winfrey and Tony Hawk are among the first accounts to get the blue badge.
Twitter’s user services vice president Tina Bhatnagar announced the news in a blog post:
“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.”
They still mention that accounts will be verified “if it is determined to be of public interest“. So, while it is open for everyone, not every account will be verified. Keep this in mind if you are going to apply.
The applicant must set their tweets to public, and provide personal details through a form. Details required include phone number, email-id, birthday (for personal accounts), etc. In addition to these, you should have a profile photo, a bio and a website. Probably they may ask you to scan and upload a government-issued ID (License, passport, etc.) to confirm your identity.
After submitting the request, Twitter will respond via email. In case they deny your request, then you can apply again after 30 days of receiving the acknowledgement.
So, are you going to apply for verification? Do you think this new scheme will help twitter users? Let us know what you think by commenting below!