Twitter Tutorial: How to Set Up an Account
1. First you have to get to Twitter’s homepage by either entering the search word
“Twitter” into Google and clicking on the first search result, or by entering
www.twitter.com into the address bar found at the top of your internet browser.
2. Click on the orange button “Give it a Try.”
3. The next step is to fill out your information. Be sure to use your actual
information when filling out this part out, especially for your username.
4. If your username has already been taken, try entering variations of your full name
(e.g. put the initial of your first name and your full last name, or your first name
and initial of your last name, etc.) until you find a username that is available.
5. Enter your password. It is recommended that you keep this password as consistent
as possible with your other social media passwords.
6. Make sure to enter a valid email address because you will be sent a confirmation
email in order to activate your Twitter account.
7. It is recommended to leave the box that says “Let others find me by my email
address” checked off because many people often use email addresses to find other
8. Also, it is not a bad idea to leave the box that says “I want the inside scoop –
please send me updates!” checked off so that you received emailed once in a
while with updates from Twitter.
9. Click “Create My Account.”
10. Enter in the caption to complete the security check.
Twitter will now ask you to start finding people but, as is recommended with all
social networks, you should wait and set up your profile first and then reach out and
try to add people. The more information you have in your profile the more likely it is
that others will recognize you when you send out your invitation. For Twitter it is
rather important that you take a little bit of time upfront to see how other people use
Twitter so that you can copy their style. Also, a good rule of thumb is having ten
tweets before you aggressively start adding people to your Twitter network.
11. Skip steps #1 “Suggestions”, #2 “Friends” and #3 “Anyone” by clicking “Next
Step” at the bottom right.
12. Once you have skipped the 3 steps you will be taken to the Twitter homepage for
your personal profile.
13. Click on the “Settings” button found at the top right to start adding information
and customizing your profile.
14. Go through your personal account information and make sure everything is
correct, including your time zone.
15. Check the box that says “Add a location to your tweets.” This is a good idea
because you will be able to target your tweets geographically and get search
results for Toronto.
16. Do not check the privacy box. You do not want to hide your tweets, you want
others to be able to search for them.
17. Click on the “Save” button at the bottom of the page, enter your password and
click “Save Changes.”
18. Near the top of the page you will see a bar with different tabs in it such as
“Account”, “Password, “Mobile”, etc. Skip over the Password and Mobile tabs.
(The password tab we have already dealt with and the mobile tab is for users who
use text messaging a lot.)
This is where you can determine what kind of emails you will receive from Twitter. It is
recommended that you leave all these boxes selected since it is a good idea to be alerted
when people are reaching out to you, as well as receive emails from Twitter to keep
“New Follower” emails let you know when you have a new person who is following your
tweets. This is useful because you can start following them back and send them a little
thank you note.
“Direct Text” emails alert you when people are trying to contact you so that you can
respond in a timely manner.
19. Click on the “Notices” tab and leave all the boxes checked.
Your Profile and Headshot
Part of your profile is a picture. You can use a picture or you can use a logo. It is
recommended to use your headshot picture. Have your headshot saved in a convenient
place on your computer.
20. Click on the “Profile” tab.
21. Once you have your headshot saved click on “Browse” and navigate to where
your picture is saved.
22. Click “Open” to upload it into the system.
23. Enter in the rest of the information on your profile, especially your website since
it will be visible.
24. Under “Bio”, keep it succinct since it only allows you to enter 160 characters (one
or two sentences). Do not provide information that is not relevant.
25. Click “Save.”
Changing Your Background
This section will allow you to change the background of your profile. This is a good idea
because it will demonstrate that you are an engaged Twitter user, not a passive one.
Note: Take the time to create a customized background. Create your background
separately and save it in a convenient location on your computer. Please come see Brad
Sage at the office to get the ball rolling on creating your own background.
It is great to have a customized background because not only does it demonstrate that you
are taking Twitter seriously, it also allows you to include some additional personal
information such as links to your other profiles, your email, mailing address etc. on your
Twitter profile it only gives you 160 characters and not too many other fields to give a lot
of information so customizing your background is a great way to include more
26. Click on the “Design” Tab.
27. Save your background in a convenient place on your computer.
28. Click on “Change Background Image” at the bottom of the page.
29. Click “Browse” and search for your saved background on your computer. Click