How to get verified on Instagram: photo-sharing network tests new feature on Australian users
AUSTRALIAN Instagram users became the first in the world to be able to apply for official recognition on the photo-sharing platform today … but many should brace for disappointment.
The increasingly popular social network, which recently passed the one billion-user mark, launched a way for users to request their accounts to be verified, and tagged with a blue tick, like public Instagrammers including Chris Hemsworth, Kim Kardashian, and Justin Bieber.
Instagram verification had previously been a secretive process, which some shadowy social media firms exploited by charging keen users up to $20,000 for the service.
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Instagram Asia Pacific strategic partner manager Nicci Meek said the social network decided to make the process easier at the request of users and to shut down scammers.
“Our community asked us for more transparency around this issue, and with today’s announcement we’re sharing clear details about verification requirements and eligibility criteria,” Ms Meek said.
“This new feature will allow our community the opportunity to apply for verification themselves and understand the process behind getting verified on Instagram.”
But the new Instagram option won’t be available to every Australian user, and Instagram users shouldn’t bank on getting that little blue badge.
Only Australian Apple iPhone and iPad users can access the ‘Request verification’ menu option in Instagram’s app currently, with a Google Android version scheduled to arrive “in the coming weeks”.
And, despite promises of transparency, Instagram is still yet to spell out the exact criteria for becoming verified on the site.
Blue ticks would only be bestowed on users if they were “a notable public figure, celebrity, global brand or entity,” the company said, and accounts would be judged on whether they were authentic, unique, complete, and notable.
Users also had to provide a copy of their photo identification to apply.
It’s not known when the verification option will be rolled out to users in other countries.