When it comes to social media, we all know that getting your account verified comes with a certain amount of status and respect. Of course, this leads me to wonder: How do I get verified on Facebook? Is it easy? Hard? Is the process anything like getting verified on Twitter or Instagram? Inquiring minds want to know!
Whether you run your own profile or a page for your organization or public persona, having a verified account can be useful. If you post content associated with your profession, it's important for fans and followers to be able to locate your real account, especially if people happen to create fake accounts or pretend to be you for whatever reason (I know, I don't get it, either); furthermore, if your account is verified, new customers or users may be more likely to see you as professional and legit. That little verified badge can do a whole lot of work for you.
So, back to our original question: How do you get the badge?
Luckily, Facebook doesn't make it all too difficult to become verified. As with most things in life, the hardest part about the process is the one we don't have any control over: The waiting game. Unfortunately, Facebook doesn't allow you to simply verify yourself, so there's going to be a degree of waiting while they process your verification request on the other end. Still, the steps themselves are pretty simple and straight-forward, making the Facebook verification process nice and transparent.
Check out how the steps toward Facebook verification breakdown below:
1. Be A Public Figure Of Some Variety
In order to have your page verified, you generally need to have some sort of public presence. By this, Facebook usually refers to people who might in sports, the media, entertainment, politics, and so on and so forth. According to Facebook, you currently can't request Facebook verification for certain types of pages, such as businesses, brands, and organizations.
2. Go to the "Request a Verified Badge" Page
If you think you qualify to have a verified Facebook page, you simply sign into your Facebook account and go to this Facebook link.
3. Follow The Steps On The Page
If you want to verify a Facebook page for a person, you need to provide a government-issued photo ID that shows your name and date of birth, such as a passport or a driver's license. If your page does not represent a person, you can verify the identity by providing: Your organization's phone or utility bill, a certificate of information, articles of incorporation, and tax or tax exemption documents belonging to your organization. After all, if you want to be verified on Facebook, Facebook is going to have to be able to... well, verify your identity in the first place.
4. Hit "Send"
Once the above materials are filled out, you simply hit "send" on the bottom of page. And then you...
Yup, that's it! Then you simply wait for Facebook to process your request.
Having verified social media accounts can be super useful as people rely on the internet more and more for getting news and information. It can also be a great point in terms of your professional image on the web, too. Good luck out there!
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