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.

  1. 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.
  2. Make a list of possible Twitter names; they may not be available. Right now they can be 15 characters.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. Write a 160 character or less bio to put on your account.
  6. Avoid vague language like “looking for fun,” “likes long walks on the beach,” or anything that your grandmother wouldn’t understand.
  7. Go to Twitter.com and create an account.
  8. Follow their prompts for your email address, password, and username.
  9. Upload your profile picture.
  10. Put in  your website.  If you do not have a website, you can consider using your Facebook URL or you can leave it blank.
  11. Type in your bio (160 characters).
  12. They allow you to have a header photo. You’ll need something for that.  The Header Photo image size should be 1500×500 pixels.

Don’t forget to have fun.


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