Twitter 101: How to Set up Your 1st Twitter Account

Guys, it just came to me that you may not know how to set up your Twitter account.

What is Twitter?

Twitter has to be the fastest growing social media sitetoday.  It is taking the internet by storm and there are around 10,000 new users per day signing up to participate in this new online revolution.

Twitter is best described as a micro blogging network.  Users are limited to 140 characters of text each time you do an update, which initially, may seem a small amount.  However, as you play around more, it’s just amazing what you can fit into 140 characters.

However, Twitter is much, much more than that.  It is like one huge global forum, but then again, it doesn’t have to be.  It all depends on how many people you follow on Twitter.  If it’s in the thousands, then your “Tweetstream” will be running fast and furious with everything that’s coming in.  If you are only following a few hundred, or even less, then things are much easier to keep up with.

So here we go…Let’s do this!         

How To Set Up Twitter Account

Setting up your Twitter  account is easy, but there are a few things that you should be aware of when putting together your account.  This can apply even if you already have an existing twitter account too, so consider these tips and it can improve your entire Twitter experience.

The first thing to do if you don’t have a twitter account is go to twitter.com which is the main page of Twitter.  You will be asked to either login or register. If you don’t have an account, then of course you will need to register for one.  So let’s go through the registration process and explain it all here.

How to Register Twitter Account

The Twitter screen will ask you for your first name and last name and will then check this is entered correctly.  A green tick will appear next to the box.

The next screen asks you for a user name and this is where you need to consider how you are going to present yourself on Twitter. You should remember that you can set up more than one account on Twitter, but you will need a different email address for each one.

Now this is where the thinking bit comes in.  The first account you register should always be in your own name.  Naturally, common names like AdamSmith (there are no spaces in usernames) will already be taken.  However it is possible to get variations on your own name such as Adam_Smith, or Adam_Smith06 or some variation like that.  You can only use an underscore in a username. Hyphens are not permitted in the field.

It isn’t absolutely necessary that you register your own name, but I would advise you do if you can, particularly if your name is a special one.  I’m sure the last thing you want is someone else impersonating you on Twitter, or anywhere else for that matter.

If you wish to register a business name, then you can do that of course, but make sure you use your own name in the sign up process so you are identifiable and connected with the company name you register.  The concepts and reasons for operating under each type of registration will be discussed later.

You are now asked for your email address. Email addresses are linked to accounts and you will only be able to use your email address once. For every account you register, you will need a different email address.

The last thing to do is to fill in the captcha letters and then click on Create My Account.

The next screen will ask if you want to add any of your friends from the popular web based email programs.  You can buy pills online without prescription do this later if you wish.

The next screen presents a short list of people who Twitter asks if you would like to follow. Choose some if you like, but I wouldn’t bother. I prefer to find my own friends on Twitter.

When you click Finish, you will then be taken to your very own Twitter account.  You are logged in and ready to go!

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