Social media networks distinguish the accounts of public figures and brands with official verification checkmarks. Accounts with these badges not only attract larger audiences, but their posts and comments also gain more visibility in the newsfeed. In this post, you will find out what it takes to get verified profiles, pages, channels, and accounts on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Snapchat, and Quora.
How to Get Verified on Instagram
According to Instagram…
A verified badge is a check that appears next to an Instagram account’s name in search and on the profile. It means Instagram has confirmed that an account is the authentic presence of the public figure, celebrity or global brand it represents.
Previously, Instagram didn’t allow users to request verification. But now, you can submit a request for verification within the Instagram app. Just go to your Account settings and tap on the Request Verification application. They will ask you for your name, the category that you known for, and for your photo ID.
How to Get Verified on Facebook
Facebook allows both Facebook pages…
… and Facebook profiles to be verified.
According to Facebook…
The blue verification badge lets people know that a Page or profile of public interest is authentic.
We apply the blue verification badge to eligible brands, media organizations and public figures. Eligibility for the blue verification badge is based on a variety of factors, such as account completeness, policy compliance and public interest.
If you believe your Facebook page or profile meets the criteria to get a blue verified checkmark, you can apply for Facebook verification using this form.
If your Facebook page is not eligible for a blue verified checkmark, it may still be eligible for a gray verified checkmark reserved for pages that Facebook has confirmed as an authentic page for a business or organization. If you aren’t approved for a blue verified checkmark, follow the directions here for a grey verified checkmark instead.
How to Get Verified on Twitter
According to Twitter…
An account may be verified if it is determined to be an account of public interest. Typically this includes accounts maintained by users in music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business, and other key interest areas.
Twitter has temporarily removed the verification form for Twitter users looking to verify their Twitter account and get the blue checkmark next to their username on their Twitter profile. They also announced a new FAQ page for those interested in a verified Twitter profile.
How to Get Verified on YouTube
According to YouTube…
When you see a verification checkmark next to a YouTube channel’s name, it means that the channel belongs to an established creator or is the official channel of a brand, business, or organization.
Once your channel gets 100,000 subscribers, you’re eligible to submit a request to YouTube for a verification badge. Note that we’ve made changes to this process over time, so you may see many types of channels with verification badges on YouTube. Note: If you’re an advertiser interested in a verification badge, contact your sales manager to learn more.
If you’re logged into a YouTube channel with over 100,000 subscribers, visit this page to start the YouTube verification process for your YouTube channel.
How to Get Verified on Pinterest
According to Pinterest…
We want people to find the content that they’re expecting to find on Pinterest, which is why there are checkmarks next to certain notable names like celebrities, brands or media.
Right now we’re not opening verified accounts up to everyone on Pinterest. If you want to help people know you’re a trustworthy source, add your logo as your profile picture and make sure you’ve claimed your website.
Verifying your website on your Pinterest business account, as well as linking verified Twitter profile or Facebook page to your Pinterest business account, will improve your chances of getting verified in the future.
How to Get Verified with Official Stories on Snapchat
According to Snapchat…
If a Snapchatter has an Official Story, their name will appear under an Official Stories header when you search for them in the Add Friends screen. Also, an emoji will appear next to their name so you know they’re the real deal!
Please Note: At this time, Official Stories are being rolled out to a small group of Snapchatters. Over time, Official Stories may become more widely available.
Snapchat doesn’t have a specific process for getting Official Stories at this time, but may in the future. According to some users, you can contact Snapchat support and let them know that there are other users on Snapchat pretending to be you and ask for Official Story verification to ensure that your reputation is protected. If you have a strong enough following and engagement with your stories on the network, you may stand a shot at getting Official Stories.
How to Get Verified on Quora
According to Quora…
The verified checkmark icon appears on profile pages for well-known and high-visibility public figures in general interest domains like business, entertainment, government, religion, journalism, sports and other areas. In support of our mission—to share and grow the world’s knowledge—we will verify a profile if we believe that many people reading answers from the person will recognize the name and will value confirmation that the writer is the person that they think it is.
Quora allows users to submit a request for verification using this form. They note in their explanation of verification that profiles are likely to be verified if a significant percentage of Quora readers would recognize the name or background of the profile owner and if the profile is linked to additional social profiles like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.