How to Join Twitter With a New Account

Sign Up With Twitter to Join the Tweeting Fun

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Twitter is one of the most popular social networks in the world. Whether you plan on joining Twitter for personal reasons such as to follow friends and celebrities, or for business reasons to promote your services, the platform can be a good source of enjoyment and opportunity for almost anyone.

Joining Twitter is pretty simple but there are a few tips worth knowing to get your account set up just right.

How to Set Up a Twitter Account

  1. Open the Twitter Sign Up page from your computer, phone, or tablet.

  2. Type in your personal details, including your first and last name, phone or email address, and a password.

    You can also tailor Twitter to your interests (based on your recent website visits). If you don't want this, uncheck the box on the sign-up page. See Twitter's About Tailored Suggestions page for more info on what this entails.

    Use the "Advanced options" link below the form if you want to disable other people from finding you on Twitter by searching for your email or phone number.

  3. Click or tap the Sign up button when finished.

  4. If you signed up with your phone, you'll get a text message from Twitter that contains a code. Enter the code into the "Verify your phone" page that should be showing in your browser, and then hit the Verify button.

    If you signed up with your email address, click the link in the email from Twitter to confirm your account. No code is necessary.

  1. If you signed up for Twitter with your phone, you'll then be asked to enter your email address on the next page. You can skip this if you want.

    Alternatively, if you signed up with your email address, you'll be asked to enter your phone number. Again, you can skip that page if you don't want to link your phone to your Twitter account.

  1. Choose a username, up to 15 characters in length. The username is used for logging in, replying, and direct messaging other users. You can always change it later.

  2. Click or tap Next.

  3. Congratulations! You now have a new Twitter account.

At this point, you can go to Twitter's homepage to get to your account or you can continue through with setup.

  1. Hit Let's go! to tell Twitter your interests, which will help recommend Twitter users you should follow.

  2. Choose the Continue button to have the option to import your Gmail or Outlook contacts, which Twitter can use to recommend followers that you know. If you don't want to do that, click the ​No thanks link.

  3. Select the users you want to follow from Twitter's recommendations, and use the button on the top of the page to quickly follow all of them. Or, uncheck the ones you don't want to follow (you can uncheck all of them if you wish) and then click/tap Continue.

  4. You might be given the option to turn on notifications so you're alerted when new messages come into your account. You can enable this or select Not now to decide later.

  5. You're all done! The next page is your timeline, where you can start using Twitter.

Before you start following and tweeting, it's a good idea to finish setting up your profile so that it looks compelling enough for people to follow you back.

You can add a profile photo, header photo, short bio, location, website, and your birthday. You can also customize the theme color of your profile.

Making Your Profile Private

Unlike Facebook, all Twitter accounts are made public by default. That means that anyone on the internet can see your profile details (location, etc.) and tweets.

If you want to make your Twitter profile private so that only users you approve can see your information, make sure you check out this walkthrough on how to make your Twitter profile private.

Using Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication is a verification method that involves an extra step after trying to log in to your account.

It's helpful in preventing hackers from accessing your account.

Usually, a code is texted to your phone or email address that you use to verify your identity, along with your password, as you log in.

Here's how to turn on two-factor authentication in Twitter:

  1. Open your account settings by clicking on your profile picture and choosing the Settings and privacy link.
  2. Scroll down to the Security section and put a check in the box next to Verify login requests. You need to add a phone number to your account for this to work.
  3. Click Start in the new window that opens, which will put you through the two-factor authentication wizard.
  4. Enter your Twitter password.
  5. Hit the Send code button to give Twitter permission to text you a verification code.
  6. Enter the code in the next window, and hit Submit.
  7. That's it! Now, each time you login, Twitter will send you a code that you have to use with your password before you can get into your account.