This post is a step by step guide to creating a new Twitter account. If you’re a completely beginner, hopefully this will help you get started. Do note: Twitter periodically changes it’s sign up procedure so if what you’re seeing on the screen doesn’t match up with my guide – do let me know!
Visit www.twitter.com. This is what the homepage will look like:
Underneath ‘New to Twitter?’ fill in the form, including your name, a working email address and a strong password. Once you’re ready, click that big yellow button.
This is the first page you’ll be taken to. It just confirms the details you have put in. Give it a double check that it is all correct and then move on to the next page by clicking ‘Sign up‘.
The next thing Twitter wants you to do is to give them your phone number. As it says on the screen, this will help with security and finding contacts etc. If you’re not comfortable including your phone number you don’t have to put it in. Click Skip (highlighted in red) to move onto the next page.
Choose a username. Each account has a username which is completely unique to them. This is how other users can ‘mention’ you in tweets, find your account and more. Because it is unique to you, you may find it takes a few tries to find a username that hasn’t yet been taken. Twitter includes some suggested usernames based on your email address or name.
As mentioned on the screen, the username can be changed at any time so don’t worry if you can’t think of anything straight away. Remember: the maximum length of a username is 15 characters.
Once you’ve chosen your username, created a password etc, the next step is follow some other Twitter users. Twitter helps you with this by finding some people you may find interesting. The next page gives you a list of categories. Pick the ones that interest you and then click continue.
After picking your categories, Twitter provides a list of Twitter followers that fit into those categories that it thinks you might like (The number will depend on how many in the list you ticked) Here is where you can either follow them all with a click of a button or go through the suggestions and untick ones which don’t appeal to you.
Accounts with a blue tick next to their name means they have been verified by Twitter. Verified accounts prove that they are who they say they are and are generally given to high profile people and organisations.
This is where you choose your profile picture. You can choose any photo you like here, most people choose a photo of themselves. You can either upload one from your computer or use your webcam. Once again you can skip the step if you don’t have a photo you like to hand.
The final step is to link your account with any email accounts you have. By doing this, Twitter will search through your contacts to see if there are any of your contacts with Twitter accounts. If you don’t want to do this, you can click skip (highlighted in red)
Once you’ve done this you’ll be taken to your Twitter page which will look a little like this:
Twitter will need you to confirm your account as soon as possible. To do this, it will send you a confirmation email to the email address you provided. Make sure you open it and follow the confirmation instructions inside.
And there you have it! That’s how easy it is to set up a Twitter account. For all my other guides to using Twitter, including how to edit your settings and create lists, click here.