Social Media Twitter 250 250 people found this article helpful How to Set up a New Twitter Account Sign up with Twitter to join the tweeting fun by Daniel Nations Writer Daniel Nations has been a tech journalist since 1994. His work has appeared in Computer Currents, The Examiner, The Spruce, and other publications. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Daniel Nations Updated on November 27, 2020 Twitter Facebook Flipboard Pinterest Twitter Snapchat Instagram YouTube Online Dating Tweet Share Email This article explains how to join Twitter, set up your profile, and make your account private. How to Create a New Twitter Account To join Twitter on your web browser or mobile app: Go to the Twitter website and click Sign Up. On the Twitter app, tap Create account. Enter your name, phone number / email, and date of birth > Next. Enable or disable the Track where you see Twitter content across the web option > Next. Click Sign up if your name, phone number / email, and date of birth is correct. Enter the verification code from text or email > Next. Enter a new Password > Next. How to Complete Your Twitter Profile At this point, you can go to Twitter's homepage to access your account, or you can continue the set up process. 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. The following items are optional. Select Skip for now or Not now if you want to add the information at a later time. Click the camera icon to upload a profile image. If necessary, reposition the image by moving it up or down. Resize it by adjusting the scale at the bottom of the pop-up box. Click Apply. If you are satisfied with your profile image selection, click Next. Briefly describe yourself in the bio. Select Upload contacts 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 Not now. To personalize your Twitter experience, select your topics of interest. If you do not see a specific interest, search for it in the Search for interests bar. Twitter interests to choose from: MusicSportsGamingArts and cultureNewsEntertainmentHome and familyScienceMovies and TVTechnologyFashion and beautyTravel Outdoors Food CareersBusiness and financeParagraph anime and mangaFitnessOnly on Twitter Based on your profile and interests, Twitter will suggest pages for you to follow. Click Follow next to the pages that you want to follow. Click Allow notifications to enable notifications on your mobile device. Twitter notifications include: MentionsRepliesRetweetsLikesNew followersDirect MessagesYour contacts who join TwitterRecommendationsHighlightsNewsMomentsEmergency alertsNew featuresTweet notifications from accounts you follow Add a Header Image to Your Profile Not only can you upload your profile image, but Twitter also allows you to add a header image. The header image is larger than the profile photo, and it displays behind the profile photo. To add a header image: On the home screen, click Profile in the left-vertical menu. On the mobile app, tap the three-lines menu icon > Profile. Select Edit Profile under the header placeholder. Select the camera icon in the center of the header placeholder. If necessary, reposition the image by moving it up or down. Resize it by adjusting the scale at the bottom of the pop-up box. Click Apply. You can also enter your location and website information in the Profile section. How To Make Your Twitter Profile Private Unlike other social media websites, such as 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, enable the Protect your Tweets option in the Privacy and safety section of the Settings.