Here’s how to get verified on Twitter

Here’s how to get verified on Twitter

That little blue checkmark next to a Twitter handle has long been held in high esteem.

Originally reserved for the likes of Tony Hawk, San Francisco 311, and NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, the checkmark, which denotes a verified account, has become a status symbol.

But it’s long been a mystery as to how exactly one attained the coveted blue check.

Starting last summer, Twitter began allowing anyone to apply for a verified account. While this doesn’t mean it’ll be easier to become verified — according to Twitter, it only approves “account types maintained by users in music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business, and other key interest areas” — the process is at least more straightforward.

Here’s how to apply.

The Centers for Disease Control was one of the first accounts to be verified several years ago. Twitter said it was verified “in order to help citizens find authentic and accurate public health information straight from the source.”

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Oprah was also among the first to get the checkmark, along with Kim Kardashian and the Milwaukee Police.

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To start your own process, log on to Twitter’s support page: support.twitter.com.

From there, click on “My account.”

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