Your 2021 New Year’s resolution to get verified on Twitter just got slightly more realistic. You will easily receive a Twitter verification badge.
Three years after pausing the verification process, Twitter to start verifying accounts again. Or, rather, that it will make good on that promise.
In January 2021, Twitter will be launching a public application process where anyone can submit a request for a coveted blue checkmark.
What’s more, as of January 20th, Twitter will also start applying a host of new rules and qualifications to already verified accounts — kicking off a possible landslide of de-verifications in the process.
“Under our policy, we may also remove verification from accounts that are found to be in severe or repeated violation of the Twitter Rules.” according to the updated new policies.
“We will continue to evaluate such accounts on a case-by-case basis, and will make improvements in 2021 on the relationship between enforcement of our rules and verification.”
How do you get Verified on Twitter?
But back to why you’re really here: you want to know how to get verified. Twitter verified application process will be starting early 2021.
When that time rolls around, the process should be relatively straightforward. Users will be able to find the “Request verification” option in their Account Settings page both in the app and on the website. To actually be verified, users must be “authentic, notable, and active.”
According to Twitter, being “notable” means your account falls into one of the following categories:
“Companies, brands, and organizations”
“News organizations and journalists”
“Sports and gaming”
“Activists, organizers, and other influential individuals”
Pay close attention to the categories.
Because you’re going to be asked to submit your account for consideration as one of the above.
The process will include asking applicants to select a category for their verified status. Confirming their identity via links and other supporting materials.
There will be both automated and human review processes to ensure applications are reviews thoughtfully, and in a timely manner.
Notably, it’s unclear if opening up the verification process like this will do anything to calm the years-long criticism surrounding it.
After all, when Twitter’s “automated” process inevitably begins rejecting applications, we’re sure to hear about it in the timeline.
At least going forward, users will hopefully understand the criteria by which their verification dreams were crushed.