For instance, if you check out Ashton Kutcher’s twitter page, you will notice he has a verified account logo appearing on the right hand side of the page.
With this feature, you can easily see which accounts we know are ‘real’ and authentic. That means we’ve been in contact with the person or entity the account is representing and verified that it is approved. (This does not mean we have verified who, exactly, is writing the tweets.)
This also does not mean that accounts without the ‘Verified Account’ badge are fake. The vast majority of accounts on the system are not impersonators, and we don’t have the ability to check 100% of them. For now, we’ve only verified a handful of accounts to help with cases of mistaken identity or impersonation.
How to Become Verified on Twitter
Currently twitter has started implementing this feature with well-known accounts that have had problems with impersonation or identity confusion. (For example, well-known artists, athletes, actors, public officials, and public agencies). However they said that they may verify more accounts in the future, but because of the cost and time required they are only testing this out with a small set of folks for the time being. So hopefully as time progresses they may role this out to more accounts over the next several months.
However if your account is constantly competing with parody or impersonation accounts you can fill out the twitter feedback form so that twitter can know your situation. One thing you can do right away is to provide a link to your official website containing the Twitter badge or logo linking back to your twitter profile.
Check out other related posts about Twitter Verified accounts:
Twitter Launches Verified Accounts – Mashable
Twitter Starts Verifying Accounts Without Actually Verifying Them – TechCrunch
Twitter finally verifies verified accounts rumor – DownloadSquad
Twitter Finally Launches Verified Accounts – WebProNews
Twitter begins roll out of verified accounts – The Next Web