Twitter has announced that they’ve released a form to the public which users of the popular social media platform can fill out to become verified users. This is absolutely huge for Twitter as only users like celebrities, journalists, and media publications alongside public figures in TV, music, film, fashion, and the like have only been allowed to become verified.
Twitter announced (…) it has 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.
Twitter’s VP of User Services Tina Bhatnagar explains Twitter’s motivation behind the new feature to make users more noticeable on the social network.
“We want to make it even easier for people to find creators and influencers on Twitter so it makes sense for us to let people apply for verification,” said Tina Bhatnagar, Twitter’s vice president of User Services. “We hope opening up this application process results in more people finding great, high-quality accounts to follow, and for these creators and influencers to connect with a broader audience.”
As of now, only 0.06% of Twitter’s 310 million users are verified, however this statistic will likely change over the course of a few weeks as more and more users begin filling out applications to get that little blue checkmark next to their name.
It’s rather interesting to see Twitter becoming the first one to support this kind of process to become verified. Only certain users (such as musicians, actors, journalists, and the like) across multiple social networks can and will get verified whether they like it or not. But since Twitter’s main motivation behind this act is to make more users more noticeable, this move may pave the way for other networks like Facebook to start allowing this. And since your application must be validated by Twitter themselves and not some robot or machine, Twitter still has control over who gets verified and who doesn’t. If they believe you have a right to reach that status, they’ll give you that blue checkmark. If they don’t, you can try again by sending a second application. But word of advice, they probably won’t accept that one either if they turned you down before.
You can submit your application to become verified in the Twitter Help Center.
What do you think? Is this a good move on Twitter’s part?
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