When you’re representing yourself as an artist, you should want to make your brand as authentic as possible to stand out. If you are active on any social media channel, getting your profile verified will benefit you. When your profile is verified, you’ll receive a blue checkmark badge on your profile. A verified profile will help you to become a prominent figure.
We’ve put together a quick guide on how to get verified on social media.
Facebook is one of top social media channels in the world. It gives people an innovative way to connect with family, friends, classmates, and other people. You are able to send messages, post your thoughts, share your experiences, react to people’s thoughts, and more. It also creates a music space for artists to connect with their fans. Artists can add their biography to inform potential fans about who they are. You can also notify your audience about upcoming events, concerts, and appearances. Adding links to other social channels is a great way to attract more people to your brand.
You can verify your Facebook page to let your audience know that you’re official. The process is simple. If your page indicates any celebrity, artist, public figure, athlete, or any entertainment figure, you may be eligible to receive a blue checkmark. For more information, click here.
Twitter provides a social space for people to write and post their quick thoughts and experiences on various topics, such as music, fashion, sports, movies, news, and more. You can like your followers’s tweets. Spread your tweets by using relatable hashtags. You can also chime in on relevant topics. Artists can use Twitter to share their life, new music, upcoming events, and more with fans. You can also include links to direct fans to your website, videos, and more.
For Twitter, the verified badge appears in two different locations: a user’s name on their profile page and user’s name in searches for people on Twitter.
Twitter is only attracted by highly eminent users in music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business and other key interest areas. It does not accept general public requests, compared to Facebook. The guidelines are constantly updating for verification. Follower count or tweet count is not taken into account for verification. It is best to get more traffic is to link your Twitter profile from an official website, so you can have a better chance for verification. Users can include Twitter’s follow plugin button on your webpage. You can find more information here.
If you follow the guidelines and fall into one of the categories above, please wait patiently until contacted by Twitter’s @Verified for further instructions. Twitter would reach out to you by direct message to guide through the process.
The final part of the process include three parts:
1. Learn how to Tweet effectively:
Twitter provides a quiz for you to choose which tweet is better. It will not reflect negatively on you, if you answer incorrectly. It is only to teach you how tweet for the best results for followers.
2. Connect with other Interesting Twitter Users
You can follow other verified users giving more legitimacy as a verified user.
3. Protect your Account
Once you provide your phone number to Twitter for any possible concerns, your account will be verified.
Once you receive your verified badge, it is essential for you to keep your account information all the same. If you do change, you are verified badge will be at risk of removal. You would have contact Twitter to resolve the issue. If you have any problems or concerns, click here.
Once you have verified Twitter account, you are eligible to verify your Periscope and Vine accounts. Twitter indicates the steps for both outlets below:
Periscope is inventive app linked to Twitter that captures every moment through video. Artists can capture music sessions, events, and ground-breaking experiences. Their fans can watch them and share with their followers.
To link a verified Twitter account to a Periscope account:
1. Open the Periscope mobile app
2. Navigate to your Profile
3. Tap Logout
4. Then tap Log In with Twitter and select the verified account
Vine is great entertainment for people watching their funniest short clips of their artists and musicians. Vine creates an interaction for people using their emotions and sharing clips to their friends, family, and others.
To link a verified Twitter account to a Vine account:
1. Sign in to the Vine mobile app
2. Navigate to Profile and select Settings
3. Disconnect the current Twitter connection (if there is one) and then reconnect to the verified account
Instagram provides a social outlet for people to post photos and video, and share to their following. Artists engage by posting themselves of whatever they doing, so they let their fans join in their experience. Artists can receive feedback by their fans liking photos and videos. Their fans can also repost their photos and videos to keep people in the loop.
Instagram goes through a similar process as Twitter. At this time, Instagram is not verifying any accounts due to issues with its system.
Once you get verified on these channels, the whole process will be worth your time. The main objective is get your brand out there seamlessly and as accurate as possible. You want to differentiate from all the people who possibly have a fan page of you or any other pages related to you. Your audience wants to know it is the real you. This is a great opportunity to add more credibility!