It will soon be a lot easier to get that coveted blue checkmark next to your name on Twitter.
The company will soon have an official way for users to request a verified account via an online application, marking the first time Twitter has implemented a streamlined way for users to request a verified badge.
The new application process is beginning to roll out to users in the U.S. now and will be available to the rest of the world in the next few days.
Importantly, it doesn’t sound like the actual requirements for becoming verified are changing — just the process itself. In a statement released Tuesday, Twitter notes that verified accounts are usually “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,” the company said.
Twitter also has a new support page that details the process and the account requirements more thoroughly. In addition to being of public interest, accounts seeking verification must include a confirmed phone number and email address, birthday (for individuals), website, bio and profile photo that “reflects the person, the corporation’s branding, or the company’s branding.”
Twitter also requests that users provide supporting URLs that demonstrate “the account holder’s newsworthiness or relevancy in their field.”
The whole process should take no more than 30 days, according to the company, and accounts are able to resubmit requests that have been denied.