When I talk about Social media presence of branding of our Blog or personal Profile, we always talk about Twitter Social media site. Yesterday, I was giving consultancy to one of my client who happened to be a retired Army officer, and I was talking about Twitter and other Social media sites. To my surprise, he never heard about Twitter and I realized like him, there are many newbies who are not aware of Twitter and a guide to creating Twitter account will be useful for them to get started with it. So, here I’m sharing a step by step guide to creating a Twitter account, and this will be a very basic guide with screenshots to understand the whole process.
My personal recommendation would be, create Two Twitter account if you are working on a branded domain name. One for your Personal profile and another one for your Blog. An example could be seen on my Twitter account @denharsh and on ShoutMeLoud Blog Twitter handle @ShoutMeLoud. I have already explained the reasons and benefit of creating dedicated Twitter profile for your Blog here.
What is Twitter and why you need Twitter Profile?
Let me give a short intro of Twitter, as newbie might not be aware of it. Twitter is a Micro-blogging tool where you can share your opinion, links, views in 160 character. The major benefit of Twitter is, its huge userbase and it’s one of the most popular Social networking site after Facebook.
You can use Twitter to connect with many other like-minded people, talk to them and create a relationship with them. From the marketing perspective, you can use Twitter to market your blog, drive traffic and create an identity for your brand. We have all this covered earlier, and once you create the Twitter account for your blog, you can read following guide for better understanding.
Before you put your first foot on Twitter, do remember it’s a Social networking site so you need to behave socially and maintain all Social media etiquettes to create a difference. Alright, now lets straight away get to the point.
Step by Step Tutorial to Create Twitter Account:
Go to Twitter.com and click on signup and start filling out the information as I explained below. Do remember, Twitter keep changing their homepage design so that the process will be the same, only button placement may differ over the time.
Once you are on twitter homepage, Enter your Full name, Email address and password to create your Twitter account. If you are creating an account for your blog, make sure you use your brand name as Full name. Ex: ShoutMeLoud. You might like to check the availability of your user name before signing up, using the free service like Namechk.
Click on Sign up for Twitter and on the next page, Twitter will use your name as username if it’s available. You can also change it now or later without any problem. Though, I would recommend sticking to one username from day one for better branding.
Click on Create my account, and next steps require just click on the mouse. Twitter would offer few recommended accounts to follow, and you can simply close this window, as my recommendation would follow those twitter accounts, which make sense to you and are relevant to you. I will talk about this in upcoming posts.
Verify your Twitter account
You will receive an Email from the Twitter verification team, click on the link in the Email to verify your account. Do remember, this is an important step. Once you verified your account, you will be taken to twitter home page, and you will be logged into your Twitter account. You will see something like this (below screenshot):
Complete your Twitter Profile:
So far, you have created your Twitter account but it’s like a blank canvas. You need to add information to make it beautiful and personalize it. The very first thing that you will be doing is, filling out important information about your or your brand by clicking on the Settings button. You can read about What to write in Twitter bio to understand, what kind of information you should write here.
One big mistake that I have seen many users are doing is; they protect their Tweets by selecting the check box under Twitter privacy. I recommend you not to use it, because once you use “Protect my Tweet feature”, other users can’t see your tweets until you allow them to follow you and you miss out a big opportunity of reaching out to masses.
Click on Profile section and enter all details. I highly recommend you to use your Website URL in the bio field, as there are many Web services and Twitter directories, which indexes Twitter profiles, and you get the benefit of the free backlink.
How to start using Twitter?
Next step is to learn how to use Twitter, and you should be aware of basic Twitter lingo and abbreviations. I will explain few below and link out to some of the best Twitter resources from the Web to learn using Twitter.
- Tweet: Twitter status update within 160 character termed as the tweet.
- RT (Retweet): When someone reshare a Twitter update.
- @reply: When you wish to send a public message to someone, you use @username to write a Tweet. Ex: @denharsh your message
- DM (Direct Message): When you want to send a Private message to someone, you use DM. The other user should be following you, for your to send him/her a direct message. Ex: D denharsh your message
- # Hashtag: Adding a Hash sign before important Keyword in your Tweet message, will help your tweet to be discovered better in the search. Ex: Hi I’m Harsh, and I Blog about #WordPress and #SEO.
- Twitter Handle: Your username is Twitter handle. Ex: denharsh
Here is some of the best Twitter resources from Web to get you started like a Pro on Twitter:
- The official Twitter glossary
- A guide to Twitter Lingo
- How to use Twitter Wikihow Guide
- How to use Twitter Hashtags
- Mashable guidebook to Twitter
You might need to spend 1-2 quality hours to understand basics of Twitter, but once you have understood all the basics, you will be able to use Twitter effectively and for your success.
I have tried covering the most basic questions here, and if you still have any question about Twitter, feel free to ask me via comments. If you enjoyed this article, feel free to share it on Facebook and Google plus, so that non Twitter users can learn and join us on Twitter.