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It used to be that the tiny blue check-mark next to a Twitter handle was an element reserved only for important users and institutions on the social media platform.

But times, as the seasons, are changing, and just like their previously indifferent stance on trolling on the platform, Twitter’s policy on individuals eligible for verification is changing as well.

What used to be a closed process selected handles are taken through has now been thrown open to the public for those who want it for the benefit of making their account authentic.

However, even as the social media platform’s process is now open, it is by no means any less easy to get verified.

To get verified, an account must first be “determined to be of public interest” before it can be verified, reports Tina Bhatnagar, from Twitter’s User Services who posted the news of the new verification process on the company’s blog.

“Our goal with this update is to help more people find great, high-quality accounts to follow, and for creators and influencers – no matter where they are in the world – to easily connect with a broader audience,” she wrote.

There is only about 1 per cent of total verified Twitter users. A few years ago, a celebrity attaining verification status was a thing of pride.

When D’Banj and Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji, became two of the first Nigerian celebrities to get verified, Nigerians reacted with awe and praise.

Today, celebrity status aside, just about anyone can get that famed blue tick attached to their Twitter handle.

You don’t have to have a famous music or acting career, or a famous family name, or even be a famous company and organisation; you can get a verified Twitter account too.

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Author: Aderonke Adeleke

Writer. Music lover. Movie junkie. Social Media Enthusiast. Aspiring dancer. Aspiring photographer. Social Introvert.