Verify your brand on Twitter

Ever notice those little blue check marks next to a tweeter on Twitter? That’s the social media behemoth saying it has verified that the person or organization is bona fide.

Whether you’re a public figure or an organization, you’ll need outside recognition. If you have a Wikipedia page, you are a public figure. The easiest way to judge whether you or your organization would qualify for verification is whether a Wikipedia page exists.

Take these steps:

1. Go to this link:

2. Become eligible for review. Twitter will ask you to log in and will direct you. Request verification. If you aren’t eligible for review, you’ll be redirected. Once you have this in place, you’ll be sent to the verification request. Check the box if it applies to you, then click next.

3. Fill in your credentials. Twitter wants five links to prove you’re the real deal. Use articles about you or your enterprise written by others, not articles you have written, not even your personal website or blog.

4. Write a short essay on why you should be verified. Don’t include any additional links in the section marked “Tell us why this account should be verified.”

5. Upload your photo.

6. Confirm your information. Once you’ve completed this form, you’ll be directed to another confirmation page. Make sure the information is correct and that it supports the reasons you provided for why you should be verified.

7. Click submit.

8. Wait for a confirmation email. This could take weeks, if not months. It all depends on how backed up Twitter’s verification system is. Hearing nothing means your application is still pending.

9. Once verified, you’ll receive a blue check mark. Celebrate.

Source: Leonard Kim, Social Media Toolkit, Inc.