Join Jess Stratton for an in-depth discussion in this video Signing up for a Twitter account, part of Twitter Essential Training.
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- Let's get started right at the very beginning: creating a Twitter account. When you point your browser to twitter.com, if you're not currently signed in, this is the screen you'll see. You can login to an existing account on the bottom right-hand side of the screen, but I'm going to click the sign-up link in the top right-hand side. Put in your full name, and then put in the phone number or email address that you wish to be associated with Twitter. It's important to know that this information isn't going to be public to other people. It's just for Twitter to know how to send you notifications.
You can then choose whether or not you want to tailor Twitter based on your recent website visits. Tailored suggestions means that Twitter can make suggestions who you should follow based on your web browsing habits. Brands you like, news and celebrity articles you read, lifestyle blogs, and others. Twitter bases these suggestions off of the past ten days worth of browsing that you've done. I'm going to uncheck this for now because I'm going to show you how to follow users later. You can also re-select this option anytime after you set up.
I'll click the blue sign-up button, and now I need to create a password for Twitter. Click next. Now I need to put in my phone number. This is going to help keep my account secure. I can, however, skip this option and use my email address. I'm going to select skip. Now I need to choose a username. Twitter can suggest some usernames for me; however, I've already pegged one in advance. I'll click next. And now, I'm all set up.
I'm going to click the blue Let's Go button, and here's where I can choose some things that I am interested in. It defaults to choosing popular accounts for me, though I can change these. I'll click the blue Continue button for now. Remember, the more you personalize this for yourself, the better your Twitter experience will be. Here, Twitter has chosen some accounts for me to follow. It defaults to having selected them all for me to follow. I can unselect them by choosing the check box next to Select all, and then I can continue to scroll down and selectively choose who I want to follow.
Once again, I'm going to leave these all blank because I will show you how to follow people later, so I'll click the blue Continue button. I can also add a photo. I'm going to choose Skip this step for now, because I'm going to show you how to build your profile in a later video, where we can add a photo there. Finally, I'm also going to skip the step to add people I know based on my contact lists because I am going to show you how to do that after you've already signed up with Twitter. So I'll click Skip this step on the bottom right-hand side of the screen, and now we're all done setting ourselves up with Twitter.
I have my new Twitter account, Cecilia Forteau, and my Twitter address is @LandonCecilia. Now, to allow other people to view my Twitter feed, I can point my browser to twitter.com/LandonCecilia. It's going to take people right to my page. We'll be tweeting and populating Twitter with some people to follow later, but for now, we're all signed up and ready to go. If for any reason I need to sign out of Twitter at any time, I can do that by clicking the egg icon on the top right-hand side of the screen and selecting Log out.
Once we change our picture, that picture will be visible instead of the egg. But for now, this is how you can log out if you need to do so right away. For example, if you don't want to stay logged in on the computer that you're currently on.
- Using Twitter terminology
- Following people
- Creating tweets
- Adding links and photos
- Retweets and favorites
- Replying to tweets
- Unfollowing, blocking, and muting users
- Adjusting account, security, and privacy settings
- Understanding Twitter trends
- Using the Twitter mobile app