How to Get Verified on Twitter in 6 Easy Steps

Have you ever wondered what it takes to get that coveted blue verification badge on Twitter? As someone active on social media, you know that elusive blue checkmark commands authority and influence.

Verifying your Twitter account used to be an arduous process tied to notability and public interest. But not anymore! Twitter now offers instant account verification for anyone willing to pay a small monthly subscription fee.

In this guide, I‘ll walk you step-by-step through signing up for Twitter‘s new verification program called Twitter Blue. You‘ll learn:

  • What Twitter verification means
  • The benefits of getting verified
  • Simple new eligibility requirements
  • How to subscribe to Twitter Blue for $7.99/month
  • Tips for standing out as a verified user

Let‘s get you verified, shall we?

A Quick Primer: What is Twitter Verification?

Simply put, Twitter verification is an authentication process for establishing account credibility and legitimacy on the platform.

The blue "verified badge" next to a user, brand or organization signals that Twitter has confirmed the identity behind the account is who they claim to be.

Prior to recent changes, only prominent public figures, global brands, government entities and news publishers tended to qualify for verification under strict notability standards.

But now anyone can get instantly verified through Twitter‘s new subscription service called Twitter Blue. More on that next.

First though, let‘s discuss why you should even care about verification in the first place…

5 Key Benefits of Verifying Your Twitter Account

Wondering why Twitter verification matters? Here are five compelling reasons to get that blue checkmark next to your name:

  1. Increased discoverability and visibility: Verified accounts stand out in search, mentions and interactions.
  2. Access to exclusive features: Twitter Blue offers premium perks like custom navigation, ability to edit tweets, user experience labs and more.
  3. Business opportunities: Easier to identify and connect with partners, brands, creators and influencers.
  4. Trust and credibility: The blue badge signals legitimate identity to build authority and consumer confidence.
  5. Fighting impersonation: Verification makes it harder for fake accounts to pass as the real you. Critical for personal safety and brand security.

In today‘s information landscape, that blue check mark goes a long way! Now let‘s get you verified…

Twitter Blue Verification – New Rules That ARE Easy to Meet

On November 9th 2022, Twitter introduced a seismic update to their verification scheme – allowing anyone to get instantly verified through a new Twitter Blue subscription for just $7.99 per month.

This table summarizes the old vs. new requirements:

Legacy VerificationTwitter Blue Verification
FeeNone$7.99 per month
EligibilityProve authenticity, notability and public interest in specific categories like news, entertainment, government etc.Any account older than 90 days
Wait TimeMonthsInstant with subscription

As you can see, Twitter has effectively removed all barriers to getting verified beyond willingness to pay.

No more demonstrating relevance or proving identity. Just pay $7.99 as a Twitter Blue subscriber and BOOM – you‘ll get verified!

Let‘s walk through the quick process…

Step 1: Ensure You Have an Updated iOS Twitter App

Being less than a month old, Twitter Blue verification currently is only supported in the iOS Twitter app.

So first, head to the App Store and download the latest version of Twitter for iOS. This ensures you‘ll have access to the new in-app subscription option.

Step 2: Access Your Profile Menu

Open your Twitter iOS app and tap your profile picture/avatar in the top left corner to access the menu. Then scroll down and look for the Twitter Blue icon we‘re after:

Step 3: Tap the Shiny New Twitter Blue Icon

As noted above, newly verified accounts under Twitter Blue will have access to subscriber-only features like editing tweets.

Select that bright blue bird icon then tap "Subscribe" on the next screen confirming your willingness to pay $7.99/month.

Step 4: Enter Payment Details

No surprises – Twitter will ask for standard payment information like credit card details.

Once subscribed, the app may prompt logging back in. When returned to your profile, you should now see the verified checkmark!

Step 5: Review Special Twitter Blue Options in Settings

In addition to the coveted blue verification checkmark, Twitter Blue comes with exclusive member options.

In Settings, poke around features like customizable app navigation, differentiated reader modes for easing eyestrain, bookmark folders and more.

Step 6: Craft Your Verified Presence & Start Connecting!

With your newly verified status, it‘s time to build connections and take advantage of expanded reach/visibility!

Here are 3 tips:

  1. Refresh your bio/profile: Ensure it accurately conveys your identity, skills and value proposition.
  2. Clean your tweet history: Delete anything embarrassing from the past now that more eyes are on you.
  3. Engage thoughtfully: Comment on trending issues, post unique insights, and interact with good judgment befitting greater visibility.

The blue checkmark is just the beginning. The real work starts in honoring what it represents – an accountability to bring quality engagement worthy of verification.

Welcome to the club! Time to put that freshly minted checkmark to work for you.

I‘m always happy to help if any other Twitter Blue or verification questions come up! Just drop them in the comments below.

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