How to Create Your Own Twitter Account
It only takes a few minutes to create your Twitter account, the most common question is often: “Do I name my Twitter account under my brand or my personal name?” and that choice that is up to you. I do, however, discourage you from having more than one Twitter account to manage. It can get complicated and often difficult to keep going in a meaningful way. Only create Twitter accounts that you will have the time to manage, which means actively engaging in. The last thing you want is for someone to find a Twitter account either under your name or brand that is not active.
Ok, with that being said, let's get started.
- Step 1: Go to the Twitter homepage, click on the button that says "Sign Up Now."
- Step 2: Complete the sign-up information providing your full name, username (which is what you will be known as) your password and email account. I strongly recommend you stay away from cute names, things that are hard to spell or just plain silly. My advice is always that people use their real names or a reasonable facsimile thereof. Shorter is always better, so don’t get hung up trying to use up all the spaces you are allocated.
- Step 3: Click on the button that says "Create My Account."
- Step 4: You will be given the option to import your email addresses from your Gmail, Yahoo or Outlook email accounts. It is a great way to get started in following current contacts.
- Step 5: You are not done yet, but close! You need to sign into your account and complete your profile. Go to twitter.com and click the button that says "sign-in." You will be taken to your Twitter homepage. At the top click the text that says "settings." It is where you can tell people more about who you are, what companies you represent as well as add your URL or another link that is appropriate for you. You will also be given options to geotag your tweets, which basically tells others where you are "tweeting" from. Whether or not you choose to do this is totally up to you. There is also an option to protect your tweets - I highly suggest that you don't use this feature, especially if you will be using Twitter to promote your company and your brand.
- Step 6: Add your picture. At the top of the settings page, you will see a "photo" tab. Click this and add a photo of you. I suggest using a personal picture of yourself, not a photo of your logo or an icon. Individuals want to see who they are tweeting with. A close up picture is better so that people can see your face. Avoid using pictures of you and your wife, your cat, your toddler or other “cute” or “group” shots. The best photo to use as an avatar is always just you.
- Step 7: That's it - you are done, now start finding others to follow.
- Step 8: Try to spend at least 30 minutes a day engaging on Twitter - you can split this into 15-minute intervals in the morning and the evening if that works best for you.