With an understanding of “How & Why to Tweet,” you’re now ready to start that Twitter account. Here’s a quick tutorial to fly you through set up.
2. Click the button to “sign up now.”
p.s. – Make note of that password, just to make your life easier!
5. You can take a moment to import contact information of colleagues and friends if you choose, and/or you can start searching for people and companies you wish to follow. The Twitter system provides the prompts.
It’s often advisable t list your city and state in location so that people may find you through geographic searches.
You do not have to enable geotagging; it’s your call on that (Geotagging lets you tweet your exact location on the globe. Click here for more information.)
Do not protect your tweets if you are using this account for business/networking purposes.
Be sure to hit “Save” at the end of every page during set-up!
7. You can link your mobile phone to Twitter, so that you can post status updates via text message. Make note that enabling this function also enables you to receive Twitter messages. If you need to be cautious of charges from your carrier, skip this step!
8. Select “Notices” to adjust the settings regarding when Twitter will alert you to certain information. It’s often helpful to know when someone becomes a follower; likewise, the direct message notification can be of help as well.
Save your changes!
9. Upload a profile picture. The image can be quite small, so crop a nice, smiling shot out of a group photo if that’s your favorite. Be aware that the image will be tiny to fit the lay-out. Most pros agree a real image of you, with a good smile, is the way to go.
Be sure to save!
You can select one of the Twitter templates or go for a custom background image (via “Change background image” to upload).
Be sure to “save changes.”
Next, click on “Change design colors” if you want to incorporate your own color palette.
Again, save those changes!
More details on this later…
Once your account is set up, use the Twitter main page to stay apprised of what’s happening with the people and businesses you follow. As mentioned in the previous Twitter post, it’s helpful to follow wisely, so that you gain the most benefit from the kind of posts you’ll see. If you’re using Twitter in support of your small business, it may work well to focus your ‘follows’ on customer groups, competitors and colleagues.
More Twitter 101 knowledge coming soon…
Until then, thanks for reading!
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