You may have noticed that some (larger) YouTube channels will often have a little tick next to their channel name. This is a verification badge (similar to the ones on Twitter) which are intended to show that you are the real you and not some kind of impersonator or deadly robot imposter from the future hellbent on the systematic eradication of internet culture. Here’s PewDiePie’s, for example:
The other day I turned to my learnéd colleague Liam Dryden (LittleRadge to his friends) and I asked him, “So Liam, how DO you get verified on YouTube?” Despite being something of an expert on all things YouTube, the Pokémon-loving Scotsman had no reply. It was at this point that I thought “huh, if I’ve that question, then I’m sure our readers have probably asked that question too.” So I decided to do my duty as a YouTube newsman and do a little research into the topic.
I’ve Got Good News And Bad News
Okay, when I said that, what I really mean is that I have bad news.
It turns out that:
- YouTube verification is assigned by YouTube themselves according to their own whim.
- In other words, you can’t apply to be verified, you just have to wait for it to happen to you.
- Another bit of bad news: if you have less than 100K subs you’re unlikely to be verified
Here’s the situation in YouTube’s own words: