Watching celebrities being followed and re-tweeted like crazy might make you wish you were a superstar. The perks of being popular on Twitter are enough to make one salivate over the possibilities. A user can opt-in to the “verified” seal (initiated by the user) and it is frequently present for the millionaire/villa-owning/Ferrari-driving typ—aka “celebrity.” We bet you’re still saving to get one of these items though, so in the mean time, you can play a little prank on your followers and enjoy some celeb fame by faking yourself as a verified personality.
Although this is a fun idea to play around with to gain a morsel of fame and/or fandom, Twitter won’t be too happy about your false pretences. By being an unofficial (but faking as a verified) Twitter user, you might be banned or have your account forever suspended (or something to that effect). Typically, Twitter doesn’t allow anyone to be seen as verified unless they’ve flagged it themselves.
Prankster to prankster advice: this can be fun for a while, but make sure you go back to being an unverified/normal user after a while. Eventually you will be spotted and your fun faking activities, sooner or later, will come to an end. The process of becoming verified is reversible, though, so you can revert back to being your ordinary self with no trouble at all.
Lastly, while the “verify” badge will appear on the actual Twitter page, it won’t appear alongside one’s list of “Followers” or “Following”. This trick also does not allow for the “Verified Account” message to pop out (which usually shows) when you hover over the check-mark icon. In other words, while a neat deception, it is not interactive nor really verified.
Appearing Verified on Twitter
To make your Twitter account look verified, there isn’t any high-level rocket science involved. The idea is pretty simple – verified accounts have a tick-mark badge displayed right beside the username. It doesn’t overlap anything; it’s just there at the right-side of the name. We’re going to use a forged background-header for your account with the verification tick badge integrated onto it. Simple, yeah?
To place a header background with the verification badge: go to Settings on your account, click on the Profile tab and then click on the header option.
If you have a short name with around two words [no more], use the image below as your Twitter header (right click the verified image below and select save image as:
If you have an average sized name with three to four words – then use this image as your Twitter account header (right click the verified image and select save image as):
And if you have a really long name with at least five words –use this image as your background header (right click on the verified image and select save image as):
Then, select Save changes. The verification badge is shifted to the right according to how long your name is. Twitter recommends 1200 x 600 pixel images for good quality. As the fake verification is a transparent PNG, you can edit any image to put the verification badge on your desired background.