The little blue "Verified" check has become a status symbol across a number of social networks. But its meaning differs slightly from site to site. Here's what you need to know about earning one of your very own — and why it might be worth it to apply.
TwitterHow to get verified: Twitter doesn't accept requests for verification, so your chances of snagging that signature blue check are slim if you're not a "highly sought-after" figure in fields such as politics, music, media, and sports. However, if you want others to know that your account is authentic, Twitter recommends linking to your page from another personal site (your blog, LinkedIn, etc). The perks: While there isn't a glamorous verified user clubhouse (only in our dreams), you will get more control over your feed and page. You get options such as the ability to opt out of direct messages and can get extra information about your followers and overall engagement.
InstagramHow to get verified: Verification on Insta isn't easy. The company has a more limited verification scope and takes its time to assess potential candidates. The main purpose of the status is to identify authentic accounts (separating a real celeb from an imposter or fan account), so those who are most eligible for verification are those at a high risk of being impersonated online. The perks: You'll appear higher up in search results, meaning you're more likely to earn extra "likes" on that summer ice cream photo, and additional followers. For those who want to become an in-demand influencer, verification is a major plus, but you'll have to work on building your fan base before the company takes note.
FacebookHow to get verified: Much like Twitter and Instagram, verification is limited to those who are well-known public figures (Kim K. and the like) and influencers. If you think you fit the bill and want a shot, you can submit your request here. The perks: Verified users get access to the Facebook Mentions app, which offers ways for you to see what others are saying about you, easily share information across your social networks, and more. But non-verified users can now get in on one of Mentions' biggest perks: live stories. Facebook opened up this feature, which lets you post live video, to the general public at the end of January.