Much like Twitter had ‘verified’ accounts back in the day (and still if you are famous), Facebook announced on Wednesday that it has rolled out verified account statuses to a small group of prominent public figures (celebrities, journalists, government officials, popular brands, and businesses) with large audiences. They also claim they will be rolling out to personal profiles soon as well. But as with most releases from the company, you can count on it taking a couple of months to get a Facebook verified account for your personal profile.
Some of the benefits of a verified account (according to Facebook):
The benefits of being verified claim that your page or profile will appear more frequently in the “people to subscribe to” list and you’ll also have the option of showing an alternate name more prominently on Facebook. This makes it easier for subscribers to find and connect with you.
The verification is indicated by a blue check mark (similar to Twitter) and looks like this:
How do you get a verified account?
Facebook says there is no way for you or your business to make a claim to be verified. Just like Twitter, they will come to you if they feel it is a useful step in helping you prove your identity. Of course if you know someone who works at Facebook, you might be able to get your account verified sooner than later, but you’ll have to pull some strings.
- TechCrunch: Facebook unveils verified pages and profiles, takes a page from Twitter’s playbook
- Facebook Newsroom: Verified Pages and Accounts
- Venturebeat: Facebook launches verified pages and profiles for celebs and brands
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