How to get verified on social media so you can look like a total badass

Getting verified on social media is such a badge of honor. Somehow you're account looks 1000 times cooler with just the addition of one little checkmark next to your name. Everyone is trying to figure how they can make it happen. We're breaking down how to get verified on all sorts of social media platforms.

Instagram

This is probably one of the hardest ones because it's so mysterious. You can't request verification the way you can with other sites. It's just graciously bestowed upon you by the Insta-gods.

Instagram recommends linking to your verified Twitter or Facebook page if you're trying to assure all your followers/fans that it's actually you.

If you're trying to impress Instagram into giving you the magic little blue checkmark, start amassing those followers. Apparently Instagram can tell if you're buying followers so it's best to foster them the old-fashioned way. Engagement with those adorable little followers is key. You've got to keep up with the trending hashtags and try to get comments on your pics.

This isn't going to get you far unless you're posting some stellar photos, of course. Instagram is all about creating a gorgeous aesthetic so make sure those pics are telling a story and staying on theme.

Twitter

You can actually request to be verified on Twitter. It's not terribly difficult, you just have to actually prove that you should be verified. Make sure your Twitter is also set to public in the settings section. If you're trying to verify your personal account, you'll have to give your birthday, phone number, and email. You'll also have to send in a picture of a government-issued I.D. like a driver's license or passport.

Twitter will also ask you for a website, profile photo, header photo, and a bio. Try to show Twitter that you're engaging and the best at what you do. Don't lie and say you're worried people are going to imitate you with fake accounts.

Facebook

There's two different types of verification on Facebook right now. There's the traditional blue checkmark. That one is exclusively for "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." Basically Facebook won't give it to you unless your popular/famous.

You can get a grey checkmark though if your profile is Page. It's mostly used for businesses. Facebook asks for a publicly listed phone number that they'll then automatically call you on like when you forget your password. You can enter the code they give and then continue filling out the form. If you decide not to do the phone code, you'll have to send in a business document.

Facebook will review your info and get back to you in a few days to let you know if you made the cut and are now a fancy verified page.

YouTube

YouTube is pretty honest about how to get verified. You can't request at all until you've got 100,000. You can then fill out a form asking YouTube asking for the checkmark.

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