It’s been about three weeks since Instagram made it a lot easier for people to get their accounts verified.
This might come as a shocking surprise for many Instagram users, since successfully receiving the blue check mark (which is basically perceived as Instagram’s “stamp of approval”) was quite elusive to the general population of the social media photo-sharing platform.
There was no guaranteed way of securing a verified account in the past without scouring the underbellies of the social media black market, or being a notably popular figure. Doing so cost people a lot of money for a mere cosmetic upgrade.
Meanwhile, most people just kept working on posting attractive content and networking with other social media personalities in order to attract as many followers as they possibly could.
The aforementioned method was considered the “honest” way to eventually get a verified account. People prayed fervently to the Instagram gods to recognize their commitment to their passion and be granted that blue check mark.
Does this new Instagram option make it easier for you and me to FINALLY get verified though?
How do we get verified on Instagram with this new option?
How to get verified on Instagram
After submitting the requirements, all you have to do is wait. Expect that this new process might take a while due to the many Instagram users that are applying to get their accounts verified.
It is important to note that following this new option does not guarantee that your account gets verified.
In fact, one of the things that the account checkers will be taking into consideration is compliance with Instagram’s Community Guidelines and Terms of Service (something that Social Foxer knows a thing or two about 😉).
It is no secret that most people skip to the end of these prompts and rush to the “I Accept” button without reading any of it.
Therefore, not many are familiar with some of the technicalities of Instagram’s policies. If a user has violated the Terms of Service (whether he or she is aware of it or not), no matter how many followers they might have, they might still be prevented from attaining verified status.
So if you’re really serious about it, you’ll have to read up on the Terms of Service and make sure that you are up to speed on the most current versions of the Community Guidelines, and Terms of Service.
Double check your photos, captions, and hashtags for each post to make sure that they are all squeaky clean and verified-worthy for Instagram.
Instagram quickly bans nude photos, and posts that incite violence. Avoid having such content from your page.
Also, don’t even think about using bots / automated services to grow your account! That’s against Instagram’s Terms of Service and is a big no no. Definitely not worth the risk.
Is that blue checkmark worth it?
Instagram recognizes that there are digital nomads out there who are not public figures, celebrities, or fashion icons but are equally deserving of that coveted blue tick.
The verified marker signifies that you have been recognized as legitimate by Instagram.
That notion leads to the idea of getting more followers, and subsequently, more opportunities and brand deals.
However, if you have been following Social Foxer for some time now, (or have read the FAQ portion of the Social Foxer website), you may have gotten wind that reaching verified status may not necessarily be all that important in terms of achieving your goals as a social media influencer.
But does the option to apply for account verification change the game? If so, how much change can it affect?
A lot of Instagram users have a tendency to put that blue checkmark on a pedestal. There is this disproportionate misconception that the checkmark holds more power than it may actually have.
But how is this new option of getting account verification going to affect Instagram as we know it today?
In case you haven’t checked it out, this is what we had to say before Instagram made the changes:
“We [Social Foxer] recommend that people consider the reasons why they are seeking the verified check mark. The Main Purpose of verification is to allow your audience to differentiate your real content vs. that of a spoofer posing as you.
Sure, having that blue checkmark next to your name makes you look pretty official, but when you observe how many un-verified accounts have millions of followers, it puts things into perspective.”
To sum that up, we noted that the road to attaining a verified account could be quite a long, and cumbersome journey that led to very little reward.
Perhaps it is safe to assume that things may be different now given that Instagram allowed just about anyone to submit their applications, but this doesn’t change the fact that numerous successful social media influencers have established lucrative businesses and careers with their accounts even if they are left unverified.
Our perspective may change given that enough time has passed for all of us to see the effects of this new implementation by Instagram, but we can argue that making that verification option a lot more accessible to people diminishes its value significantly.
This is the law of supply and demand — the more accessible something is, the cheaper it gets. Something to think about.