Twitter is launching an online application for verified accounts that help the general public to apple for verification on their own. You might have seen a little blue checkmark on certain profiles that has been often awarded to personalities on Twitter to identify them as “authentic,” and you’ll generally see them on profiles owned by musicians, television personalities, actors, and other important figures.
“We want to make it even easier for people to find creators and influencers on Twitter so it makes sense for us to let people apply for verification,” said Tina Bhatnagar, Twitter’s vice president of user services. “We hope opening up this application process results in more people finding great, high-quality accounts to follow, and for these creators and influencers to connect with a broader audience.”
The social network introduced account verification, starting in 2009 and currently has some 187,000 verified accounts from notable users in music, TV, film, fashion, government, politics, religion, media, sports and business.
If you want to earn a blue checkmark, just head to Twitter and start your process right away, though it isn’t available in all regions around the world at this moment. The feature is expected to expand globally in the coming days.