Bad news for anyone who’s recently earned a ‘blue tick’ (actually a white tick in a blue flower-shaped thing). Twitter’s badge of supremacy is to be made available to all users.
From today, you can request verification by filling out this online form. Unfortunately for Egg People and trolls, blue badges will only be awarded to accounts with profile and header photos, a confirmed phone number an email address and a website.
“Verified accounts on Twitter allow people to identify key individuals and organizations on Twitter as authentic, and are denoted by a blue badge icon,” wrote Twitter’s Tina Bhatnagar in a blog post. “An account may be verified if it is determined to be of public interest. Typically this includes accounts maintained by public figures and organizations in music, TV, film, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business, and other key interest areas.
“Our goal with this update is to help more people find great, high-quality accounts to follow, and for creators and influencers - no matter where they are in the world - to easily connect with a broader audience.”
Hmm, sounds like your account still needs to be considered fairly interesting for the site to verify you, so there’s little chance of my application being successful. I feel a frustrated and confused mix of tweets about football and tech are unlikely to make the cut. Still, it’s worth a go.
And if that fails, I’ll just leak a sex tape, wait for the followers to flood in and reapply in 30 days.