The dreams of Millennial social media fiends around the world may soon be answered. Call it Christmas in July, people, because the powers that be over at Twitter announced that it will be rolling out an initiative to expand the number of verified accounts to reflect not just objective super-fame, but creators and accounts of public interest. But there's still one question you're dying to have answered — how do I get my Twitter account verified? It's pretty simple, in theory.
And because I'm a dedicated journalist committed to asking the right questions to tell the story, I went ahead and submitted my account for verification (all of you go follow me @MvpJess right now so I look super cool). The first step in verifying your account is to read this Twitter support article, which contains a checklist of the things you'll need to add to your profile before you can be verified. Of course, you'll need a profile picture and a header photo, but you'll also need to make sure that you have a website, a verified phone number, and a birthday attached to your account.
Once you have all of that squared away, you can proceed to the request form. You'll be asked to verify your Twitter handle, and to add two or more websites to showcase your newsworthiness and help them to verify that the account is actually you. Last but certainly not least, you have 500 characters or less to explain why they should award regular-old-you with a shiny blue badge.
Responses are communicated via email. If the Twitter gods deem you worthy of said verification, they may ask you for a scan of a government ID just to be sure you're not pretending to be a personality that you are not. And that's it. You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take, so send one up to the Twitterrati, the Voltwitteri, and the Tweetmasters that they #verifyjess.
If they decline your proposal, you can resubmit your account for verification after 30 days. Fingers crossed, y'all.