Joining Twitter

To make the most of Twitter and interact with others, you’ll need a Twitter account.  Signing up is easy and only takes a few steps.

1. Go to the Twitter website at http://www.twitter.com

The Twitter home page, where you can sign up for an account
The Twitter home page, where you can sign up for an account

2. Look for the “New to Twitter? Sign Up” box

The sign-up box shown on the Twitter home page
The sign-up box shown on the Twitter home page

3. In this box enter your name, email address and a password for the account.  As with all Internet passwords, this should be unique and should be hard to guess. Click “Sign Up for Twitter” when you’ve completed this box.

4. On the next screen Twitter will confirm the details you have entered.  Additionally, if your password is not strong enough, you will have to choose a new password. Click “Sign Up” when you are happy with the information you’ve entered.

Confirm the details you've entered. Twitter will show you how strong your password is.
Confirm the details you’ve entered. Twitter will show you how strong your password is.

5. Twitter will then ask you to choose a username.  This is what follows the @ symbol in Tweets and when searching for people on Twitter.

Choose a Twitter username
Choose a Twitter username

Some tips for choosing a username:

  • Keep it short – when people mention you in Tweets your username takes up characters you could use for your message.  If you have a very long username, you won’t be able to say as much.
  • Keep it relevant – your username should say something about you so that you’re easily identifiable if someone reads a Tweet mentioning you.
  • Keep it professional – it’s a good idea to have separate accounts for your professional Tweeting and your personal Tweeting.  Some usernames might reflect things you enjoy but might not be professional. Always ask yourself if you’d be embarrassed if you put your Twitter username on a CV or business card?

6. Once you’ve chosen a username, Twitter will then walk you through some steps to get your account set up.  Unless you want to follow the suggested Twitter users, uncheck all of the boxes in each step.  You can choose to add a picture to your account – again, this should be relevant and professional.

7. Finally you will be taken to the Twitter timeline page.  You’ll see a message asking you to confirm your email address – this will be an email sent to the address you gave during the sign-up process. Once you click the link in that email, the reminder will go away.

Now you’ve signed up to Twitter, have a look through the rest of this guide to find out how to get the most from it.