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Friday, January 29, 2010

Setting Up Your Twitter Account

Okay, you’ve decided to try Twitter.

Your first step in the process is to setup a Twitter account. However, before you go sign up as Guy Siverson or whoever you might be stop and think about what you are doing. No matter if you are going to use Twitter for business or pleasure people will remember certain names better than others.

My own Twitter handle is @BodyByChocolate. Only when someone arrives at my profile page do they actually find out my real name. There is good reason for this. Simply put, they will remember @BodyByChocolate far longer than my real name. It’s catchy, enticing and a fun user ID.

However, the purpose of this article is to explain how to setup your Twitter account and thus we proceed.

Your first logical step will be to navigate your browser to Twitter.com.

Next, find a button that says something like “Sign Up Now” which is currently green and on the right hand side. However, being the Webmaster that I am I fully understand how quickly this can and does change.

You then enter the following:
* Full Name: This would be your real name.
* Username: Mine happens to be Chocolate Lovers for many of the same reasons that I mentioned in the start of this article.
* Password: 6 to 8 alpha numeric characters with at least one capital is highly recommended. Just make sure it is something you can and will remember.
* Email: Look more professional by setting up a domain with GoDaddy and create an associated Email address for that domain. Then link it with a free hotmail account and toggle your domain Email to be the primary. This will cost less than $20 to complete each year and makes you look much more professional than you would otherwise.
* Then enter in the super secret words for account validation. Why do they make these words so hard to read?

You are then taken to a page where you can notify friends of your new account if you like. I normally do not do this as the account hasn’t been enhanced as of yet. It’s like asking someone to visit your house that hasn’t been built yet.

You are then directed to a list of potential people to add to your account. Again, I don’t do this, as I am more interested in building the account first.

And, with that said, you are finished. Or is it that you’ve just begun. I suppose that depends on your perspective. However, you look at it, you now have a new Twitter account. The question is, what are you going to do with it?

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