The lowest number traditionally necessary to get verified on Twitter is 4, and the current lowest I've seen is under 600. I'm sure you can find someone with less if you look hard enough. When a user is verified, they get a direct message from Twitter's verified @verified account. To send one yourself, just follow @verified.
Twitter says it uses a number of factors to determine who gets verified, including age, location, and influence. The company also notes that users can be verified for other accounts such as Facebook pages.
Verification doesn't add any extra functionality to your account, but it does allow others to see that you're actually real. That in itself is worth the effort for some people.
You can verify your own account at any time by clicking on the "Verified Account Holder" label next to your username on the dropdown menu. There's no guarantee that someone who has not yet been verified will not suddenly be found by Twitter and given this status, but the odds are in their favor.
Your first step toward verification should be to create a unique profile photo. This image shows up when others search for you on Twitter, so make sure it's an accurate representation of who you are.
While verified accounts aren't officially for sale, a media publisher who has been seeking to have his magazine's account certified says that for a minimum of $15,000 spent over three months, he can acquire one. The publisher says he believes this is a reasonable price for such an account.
Verified accounts are designed to give users more credibility and trustworthiness. This means that they increase the likelihood that someone viewing your tweet will follow you (or visit your website). Being verified also displays with blue verification badge on your profile page.
Users can verify other users' accounts by sending them direct messages or clicking the "verify" button next to their name. Once verified, users gain access to some additional features, such as being able to set their own location restrictions. Users can also request to be verified by other users if they don't already have this designation. Requesting to be verified makes your email address visible to the user who grants your request. They then need to send you an email containing a verification code that you need to include in a direct message or comment on their tweet to confirm the account ownership.
Being verified shows to others that you are an actual person who is accountable for what you post online. This may encourage others to follow you or check out your website/blog if they wouldn't have otherwise.
How to Make Your Twitter Account Verifiable Log in to the account that needs to be verified. Go to https://verification.twitter.com/. Follow the on-screen instructions. Enter two to five links that will assist Twitter in identifying the individual or brand. Fill in the blanks with up to 500 characters that describe why the account should be confirmed. Examine the request and submit it. Wait for Twitter to respond.
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The price of verification has increased over time. It used to be that you had to pay to get your own checkmark next to your username on Twitter. Now anyone can verify their identity with a photo ID and write a few sentences about themselves. The company says it uses this information to review applicants and remove any suspicious activity. In other words, someone could fake an identity and try to take advantage of this feature by using multiple accounts or false documents. Twitter also requires users to provide personal information such as the address of where they live and their phone number. This allows the company to contact you in case it needs to ask for more information regarding any suspicious accounts.
Verification was once required to join many popular groups on Twitter. These days, however, the site has become much more privacy aware and only requires identification if a user wants to edit their account settings or delete their application entirely. Otherwise, everyone can see all your tweets without permission!
Anyone can charge money for verification. In fact, there are already several companies that sell access to their verified account database for $5,000 per year.
Not surprisingly, some sources claim that up to 20 million fraudulent Twitter accounts exist. With a projected 500 million registered users, this equates to around 4% of all Twitter accounts being false (bots).
Other estimates put the number of fake accounts at 10 million, which is closer to 1% of all Twitter accounts.
Yet another source claims that only 200,000 accounts are fake, which means that 99% of all Twitter accounts are genuine.
All things considered, it seems that most estimates are in close agreement when it comes to saying that only 1-4% of all Twitter accounts are fake.
A verified Twitter account makes it less likely that someone would impersonate you. Users may also quickly identify your "official" account by searching for it, as verified accounts are more likely to appear in search results. Furthermore, verification helps to reduce phishing. Users can verify their accounts by verifying their email address or using SMS text messages - but they can also be verified by other means such as Facebook or Google+.
Verification was first introduced in November 2009 and since then, only about 1% of users have been given this badge.
Who can verify others' accounts? Only people who work at Twitter can verify other accounts; however, any user with an email address can write a message stating that another account is verified.
How do I verify my own account? Simply follow these steps:
1. Click on the "Settings" button in the top-right corner of the screen.
2. Select "Privacy" from the menu.
3. Under the section called "Who can add you to their lists?" select either "No one" or "Specific people."
4. Enter the email addresses of those individuals who should be able to add you to their lists.