Twitter Part 1 – setting up an account

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Taking the lunge and setting up a Twitter account is a big step. You go to and hit the Sign Up button. Enter some basic information such as your display name (in my case it would be Gary), your username (for me it would be GSocialMedia), choose a password and add your email address. Bam, you are almost done!

Now it is going to take you through a few quick pages where you can check your email address book to see if any of your friends and connections are on Twitter, and you can invite them. They will show you some suggested people to follow. Go ahead and follow at least 10 people to start. Now it is time for your first Tweet. Twitter asks “What’s Happening?” Say something, ANYTHING! Tell us about how good your last meal was and where you ate it. Tell us about your dreams. Tell us about the weather. Hit “TWEET” and it updates your status.

Now go to the button with your username in the top right corner of the screen. This is a drop down menu. Hit it and go to ‘Settings”. Once you are in settings, Once you are in, there are several tabs on the screen. Change the timezone on this first screen. You will have to re-enter your password at this point for some weird reason. Then, on the same screen, click the “Mobile” tab if you want to add your cell phone number so you can Text to Tweet. This is a great service where you can send a text message to Twitter using standard text charges. SMARTPHONE NOT NEEDED! This is one of the features not many know about.

The next tab that you want to hit is “Profile” where you will add a photo, location, website, and bio. This is a very important step to complete. DO NOT SKIP IT! And make sure you click SAVE on bottom of every screen. You are done! We will talk about Tweeting and Growing your Twitter account in the next few newsletters.

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