How to Set up a Twitter Account

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Twitter is a 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 the same, so these steps also apply there. Download the app from the app store for your smartphone.

  1. Go to https://twitter.com

  2. Select the sign-up option you want to use. You can use your phone number/email or your Google account.

    Mac, iPhone, and iPad users have an extra option of using their Apple ID.


    The Twitter sign-up page

    Twitter

  3. Enter your name and phone number.

    Twitter Create Your Account Screen

    Alternatively, to enter your email address, select Use Email Instead.

  4. Select Next.

  5. 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.

  6. Select Next.

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

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

    Twitter verification code screen
  9. Enter the verification code.

    The codes expire after two hours. Check your email or messages and complete this step before then.

  10. Select Next.

  11. Enter a password, then select Next.

    Twitter new password screen

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

  12. 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.

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

    Keep it short and make sure it communicates why you're on Twitter. If you're a professional user, you may want to list your job title and accolades. For personal use, include your favorite hobbies and interests. It's up to you.

  14. Choose things that interest you so that Twitter can suggest 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.

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

    Twitter follow suggestions screen

What to Do After Joining Twitter

Joining Twitter is simple enough, but you're not 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 change it.

  1. Select the silhouette in the upper-right corner, then choose 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 your new username, Twitter tells you if it's available. Be original with your choice. 

  3. You're done! You can now 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 to celebrities, politicians, sportspeople, and local businesses. Use Twitter's search bar in the upper-right corner of the home page to search for people who interest you.

Join In!

Conversation and interaction are 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.

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