Signing Up for Twitter

So you're interested in getting started with Twitter! That's wonderful. Here are the step by step instructions to get you on your way. Note that these Twitter screenshots were done in April 2016 so they might have changed slightly depending on when you read this. However, Twitter hasn't changed much since it was launched in March 2006 so it's likely that any tiny changes won't impact how you sign up.

To begin with, go to on your computer or mobile device. People actively use both systems for using Twitter. Twitter, of course, makes it incredibly easy to sign up. Just click the big "sign up" button.

Signing Up for Twitter

First, you're asked for three things. Your name, your phone / email address, and to create a password. For your name, put in the name you'd like to display. This can be your author name or your company name. For the phone or email, use something that you'll be able to access. It's very easy to turn off Twitter's alerts so don't worry about being spammed by them.

For the password, as with all online sites, use something fairly long and complicated. Mix up letters and numbers. Make sure you change this every few months. Use something different from your other accounts. You don't want a hacker to be able to break into Twitter and then use that same password to access your credit cards.

Web security is important!

Signing Up for Twitter

Next up, if you didn't use a phone number in the previous step, Twitter will ask again for a phone number. They'll use this to text you a lost password if you need to. If you don't want to use a phone number, click the SKIP button in the lower left. it's as easy as that.

Signing Up for Twitter

OK, now we get to the interesting part. This is your username. This is going to be unique and people will see this with your posts. You want to choose something fairly meaningful - but it might be that your chosen topic area already has accounts set up with the username. You probably won't be able to create a username of "New York City" for example.

The system will tell you immediately if your username is available or not. Make a few guesses at names that might fit your needs. Consider adding on an extra word if you need to. If you are a band member for the BlueCats band and the username BlueCats is taken, try going for BlueCatsBand.

Signing Up for Twitter

Next, Twitter will start to populate the people you are following. It'll ask you for a general category. Go ahead and choose a random category and then a few random followers. It does not matter AT ALL. You can unfollow these people as soon as you get to your main page.

Signing Up for Twitter

Now we get to the profile photo. This is important to set up but don't obsess about it right now. I have an entire section on choosing a good quality photo. Remember, lots of people use Twitter on phones so your image will be the size of a gnat! It needs to be huge and clear. Still, for now, put up anything useful. You can change that later on. It is always square.

Signing Up for Twitter

Next, Twitter will try to mine your email, if you use AOL, GMail, or Outlook, for other friends on the system. Just click the "skip" button in the lower right.

Signing Up for Twitter

And that's it! You're now brought to your brand new profile page. You can see your stated name and then your unique username in the top left, along with your profile picture. You'll see posts made by whoever you chose for your initial starting followers. And you're ready to begin!

Signing Up for Twitter

Note that Twitter will send you an email or text to confirm your account. Watch for that and be sure to click the link to finalize the account creation process.

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