How to Set up a Twitter Account

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Twitter is a hugely popular social networking website and app, so who could blame you for wanting to join in. Here's how to set up a Twitter account, and everything else you need to know about getting started.

How to Join Twitter via the Website

Signing up for Twitter is a lot like other websites, so it's a fairly stress-free process.

Creating an account with the mobile app is almost exactly the same, so these steps also apply there. Just remember to download the app from your smartphone's App Store.

  1. Select Sign Up.

    Twitter sign up screen
  2. Type in your name and phone number.

    Twitter Create Your Account Screen

    Alternatively, you can enter your email address. Select Use Email Instead.

  3. Select Next.

  4. Choose whether you want people to be able to find you via your phone number or email address, whether you want to receive emails about Twitter, and if you want to receive personalized ads as you use Twitter. 

    Twitter Customize Your Experience Screen

    You don't have to opt into any of these if you don't want to. It's entirely optional.

  5. Select Next.

  6. Ensure you've entered your details correctly, then select Sign Up.

  7. Wait for a verification code to be sent to the phone number or email address you entered.

    Twitter verification code screen
  8. Enter the verification code.

    The codes expire after 2 hours, so make sure you check your email or messages and complete this step before then.

  9. Select Next.

  10. Enter a password, then select Next.

    Twitter new password screen

    Make sure your password is a secure one that's hard to guess.

  11. Choose a Profile Picture, then select Next.

    Twitter pick a profile picture screen

    Choose a profile picture that matches your personality or general goals for your Twitter account, whether that means your business logo or a fun photo of your pets. 

  12. Enter a brief bio about yourself, then select Next

    Keep it short and snappy, and make sure it communicates exactly why you're on Twitter. Professional users may wish to list their job title and accolades, while personal users can just enter their favorite hobbies and interests. It's entirely up to you. Have fun with it!

  13. Choose things that interest you so Twitter can suggest some relevant accounts to follow, then select Next.

    Twitter 'what are you interested in?' set up page

    If your favorite interest isn't listed, search for it via the search bar above the tags.

  14. Select Follow to follow some of the recommended accounts, then select Next.

    Twitter follow suggestions screen
  15. Congrats! You've successfully joined Twitter!

What to Do After Joining Twitter

Joining Twitter is simple enough but you're far from finished. Here are some steps to make your experience more personalized. 

Change Your Twitter Username

Twitter assigns you a random username based on the name you enter when signing up. Here's how to make it more memorable and more 'you'.

  1. Select the silhouette in the top right corner, then select Settings and Privacy.

  2. In the Username field at the top of the screen, enter what you'd like your new username to be, then scroll down and select Save Changes.

    Twitter username change screen

    As you type in your new username, Twitter will tell you if it's available. Be original with your choice. 

  3. You're done! You can now easily find your profile at https://twitter.com/'yourusernamehere'

Add Your Birthday

Twitter likes to celebrate your birthday by providing you with balloons on your profile page on the day. Add your birthday from the main screen by entering the correct date, then select Save

Follow People

There are thousands of people on Twitter, from friends of yours to celebrities, politicians, sportspeople, and local businesses. Use Twitter's search bar in the top right of the home page to start searching for people that interest you. 

Join In!

Conversation and interaction is key to getting the most from the service. Get to know people. Talk to them by tweeting with them. Don't be offensive or rude, but get to know people and join in.