Learning Twitter can be overwhelming. But, as with any task, breaking it down into smaller parts helps considerably. This is the first lesson in a ten part series.
In this four minute screencast, I cover setting up your avatar, bio, and header image. You can do much of this on Twitter’s mobile app now, but at the time you could not.
- Decide what email address you want associated with your Twitter account. One email per account. You may want a new account, if so, setup a new email address.
- Make a list of possible Twitter names; they may not be available. Right now they can be 15 characters.
- You will need two graphics: avatar (profile picture – square) and header photo. Have them handy to upload when you start the sign-up process. I like to make a folder that is called “Twitter Images” and have it easy to find (desktop).
- You will also need to select a theme color. This is a six-digit color code called a hexadecimal code. If you have a brand setup from a designer, ask them to give you the code. In the past (and at the time of this screencast), you also had a background image. That’s been replaced with the theme color.
- Write a 160 character or less bio to put on your account.
- Avoid vague language like “looking for fun,” “likes long walks on the beach,” or anything that your grandmother wouldn’t understand.
- Go to Twitter.com and create an account.
- Follow their prompts for your email address, password, and username.
- Upload your profile picture.
- Put in your website. If you do not have a website, you can consider using your Facebook URL or you can leave it blank.
- Type in your bio (160 characters).
- They allow you to have a header photo. You’ll need something for that. The Header Photo image size should be 1500×500 pixels.