Setting up your twitter account is initially a daunting process if you have never dealt with the platform before. Understandable, as setting up for the first time, once you decide to create a username (@nameoftwitteraccount handle) and password for access, these are set, although they can be changed later.
You can change your username and password after setting up your Twitter account, but if you are using your personal name (you’re a brand known by your name) or run a business, consider the implications that a change will have on your followers.
By understanding what is important in the initial setup, you will gain a better understanding and the impact any changes will have in the future.
Before you even sign up, grab a piece of paper and a pen, decide on the following;
Your full name (your own name) to register your account. A phone number or an email for registration purposes. A password and a unique username. Consider the following to assist in making a choice of username and password.
Your username will be the name people see and use for replying to you and for sending messages. It must be 15 characters or less and may contain numbers and letters. You cannot create a username that already exists and is held by another account (Although Twitter may offer some suggestions on a similar username) If you operate a business, use your business name for easy recognition. (The @ symbol will automatically apply to your username, you do not need to add it)
For example, you run a bakery in Toronto and your name is Bronwyn, yet everyone knows you by your nickname ‘Bee’. You may create the name @beesbakery for a username.
Or another example, your name is Johnathon and you’re an accountant which runs a firm called Freehold Estate Accounting services propriety limited. You may decide to name your username @accountsbyjo or @freeholdaccount.
Best Practice: Do not sign up using celebrity names, swearwords, or other trademarked or other business or brand names you do not own. Also, do not use names associated in any way, shape or form that shows you are affiliated with Twitter. Your account will be deleted and you may even be banned from signing up to Twitter in the future.
Your password may contain a mixture of numbers, letters and characters. It must be at least six characters long. Make sure you record your password and your username and keep your details in a safe place.
Here is an example creation of a brand new Twitter account (screenshot) at setup;
To commence creating your twitter account with the instructions provided above, go to this link – signup for Twitter
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