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How To Verify Twitter Account By Editing Your Account for Verification
- Open Twitter. Go to https://twitter.com/ in your browser. This will open your Twitter account page if you’re logged into Twitter.
- If you aren’t logged in, click Log in, then enter your account details (email address/username/phone number, password) and click Log in.
- Click your profile icon. It’s a circular image of your profile picture in the top-right side of the page. A drop-down menu will appear.
- Click Profile. It’s near the top of the drop-down menu. This will open your Twitter profile page.
- Click Edit profile. This option is on the right side of your profile page. Doing so puts your profile in “Edit” mode.
- Change your profile and header pictures. You can change each of these by clicking the picture that you want to change, clicking Upload photo in the menu that appears, selecting a photo, and clicking Open.
- Header photos should show you in a setting that reinforces your public worth (e.g., you speaking at a convention or performing on a stage).
- Profile photos should be professional headshots (or well-lit, high-quality photos at the very least).
- Use your real name. On the left side of the page, you’ll see your chosen Twitter name in a text box. If your Twitter name isn’t your real name (or your public persona’s name, if you’re a performer or actor), type your real name into this text box.
- Add a specific location. Type your location into the “Location” text field on the left side of the page. Many people use the “Location” text field to indicate a silly or nonsensical location, but you’ll need to use your specific location (e.g., city and state if you’re in the U.S.) for Twitter to consider you for verification.
- Link to a website. In the Website text field, you should place a link to your most impressive online achievement, be it a writer profile, a YouTube channel, or a landing page for a startup that you own.
- The website that you choose should inherently explain why you deserve to be verified. For example, if you have a writer profile on a news site (e.g., Huffington Post), you’d want to link to that profile.
- You always want to use your largest online accomplishment as your website. If you graduate from being a staff writer to owning a publication, for example, you’ll want to update your profile with the website that you own.
- Add your date of birth. This is more of a technicality than anything else; Twitter wants to make sure that they have as much information as possible when deciding whether or not to verify you. You’ll enter your date of birth in the “Birthday” text box on the left side of the page.
- Flesh out your bio. Do so in the text box below your name on the left side of the page. Your bio is a key place in which you can prove to Twitter (and to your audience) that you’re worthy of the verification status; it should contain the following details:
- The type of work or public service that you do (describe your account in a few words)
- Mentions of profiles that can serve as references (for example, you might write “Editor at @wikihow” rather than “wikiHow editor” here)
- One or two vast personal accomplishments (e.g., “CEO of [your company]”)
- A humorous byline (but only if it doesn’t detract from the rest of your bio)
- It’s okay to play up your role in certain contexts. For example, if you own a “small business” that consists of you editing other people’s work, you can call yourself an “entrepreneur” or even apply the “CEO” title to yourself.
- Click Save changes. It’s in the upper-right side of the page. This will save your changes and apply them to your profile. With your profile optimized for Twitter verification, you’re one step closer to receiving that little checkmark next to your name.
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