image courtesy of Twitter
A Tweet? Just a few years back if someone had asked me if I “tweet?” I would most definitely have looked at them odd. Tweet? I’m not a bird, I speak English… However when I started writing my site I’m Still Standing in the spring of 2009 and joined ProBlogger’s 31DBBB I learned the importance of the new up and coming program: Twitter.
Some of you think it’s just another “thing,” well, you are right. It is another “thing” another venue to let people know about you, meet you, and join in the conversation in 140 characters or less.
According to Wikipedia:
Twitter is a website, owned and operated by Twitter Inc., which offers a social networking and microblogging service, enabling its users to send and read messages called tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the user’s profile page. Tweets are publicly visible by default; however, senders can restrict message delivery to just their followers. Users may subscribe to other users’ tweets—this is known as following and subscribers are known as followers.
It really is very simple to join and get set up and since I will be the “Hostess with the Mostess” (well at least I hope you think so, lol) for the next 31 Days to building a better Blog I felt it important to make sure everyone sets one up and becomes familiar with this wonderful little site as it will be a tool we will be using daily.
1. Go to http://www.twitter.com
2. This page should show up next
photo credit: Twitter
3. Click the yellow “Sign Up ” Tab
4. On the first line enter your “real” first and last name. Then you will need to create a User Name. This is an important step in branding f yourself. This is how you will be seen on Twitter. If you are a business I would recommend using your business domain minus the dot com. Example my husband’s company is Center Pet Pharmacy and he uses @centerpet as his user name. I have a few sites which I write and so I am my own “brand” which is why I chose my name on twitter @shelleyellen however another site which I publish, The DC Ladies, has a twitter username of @dcladies.
5. Follow the rest of the questions:
• make up a password
• enter an email address; either business or personal
• type the security code so the twitter knows you are “human”
• then click the “accept” of the terms and conditions. *I guess you can read them and if you do and can understand everything I’d love to hear it, but I guess they have to do this.
• I uncheck the “send me email updates” box. *I don’t know about you but I get enough email updates from everywhere “if” I need them I’ll find them.• “Create my account.”
6. That’s it… Congrats you are now a tweeter user!
7. Once you have an account: sign in
8. On the top of your home page look for: Settings
9. Click that
10. Look for Profile and take a few moments to fill in your sites URL and a short bio about yourself; very short, 28 characters short.
11. You can also change your background color and design there too, hmm maybe that will be good for another post. However, I just wanted to make sure everyone knew how to make a Twitter account.
Did you do it? OK, let me know your new Twitter URL to add to our great growing group!