Create a Twitter Account

Create a Twitter Account

Before you sign up

Your profile on Twitter is public, so it's important for you to consider how you want to be represented and viewed by the world before signing up.

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Consider your profile

Think before sharing

As with all social media sites, you should assume that everything you post is public and accessible to anyone forever. Twitter is great for sharing and connecting, but it's not so great for private or extremely personal communication. Twitter does allow you to set privacy for your tweets, protecting them from being seen by anyone other than the followers you have approved to view them. However, any of your approved followers can retweet one of your tweets—thereby making it public—so your protection is limited.

If you are new to social networking, you may want to visit our Internet Safety lesson on Social Media Privacy Basics.

Creating an account

Launch "Signing Up for Twitter" video!Watch the video (4:13).

Watch this video for an overview of the Twitter signup process.

To create an account:

  1. Go to www.twitter.com.
  2. Locate the New to Twitter? box. Enter your full name, email address, and desired password into the form. As with all online services, it's important to choose a a strong password—in other words, it should be difficult for someone else to guess but easy for you to remember. Read our Creating Strong Passwords lesson from our Internet Safety tutorial for more information.
  3. Click the Sign up for Twitter button.
    Clicking Sign up for TwitterClicking Sign up for Twitter
  4. A form will appear. You will need to confirm your information and choose a user name that hasn't already been taken.
  5. Uncheck the box next to Tailor Twitter based on my recent website visits if you do not want Twitter to access your browsing history.
  6. Read through the Terms of Service, then click Create my account.
    Screenshot of TwitterCreating an account
  7. The Twitter welcome page will appear. This page will help you set up your account. Click Next to continue.
    A screenshot of TwitterThe Twitter welcome page
  8. You can now start choosing who to follow. A list of people you can follow will appear. You must choose five people to follow before clicking Next.
    Screenshot of TwitterChoosing who to follow
  9. Twitter will also suggest people to follow based on your interests. To continue, select five people to follow, then click Next.
    Screenshot of TwitterBrowsing by Category
  10. Optional: You can automatically find people you know by selecting a service you use, like an email account. For example, if you have a Gmail account, Twitter can look for your Gmail contacts who are already using Twitter. Click Skip this step at the bottom of the page if you want to do this later.
    A screenshot of TwitterFinding friends
  11. Optional: You can add a profile picture and bio to your account. If you feel comfortable with this process, you can upload a photo now or you can Skip this step. We will explain how to customize your profile later in the lesson.
    A screenshot of TwitterAdding a profile picture and bio
  12. Your new Twitter homepage will appear.
    A screenshot of TwitterA newly-created homepage

To confirm your email address:

At this point, Twitter will send a confirmation email to the email address you provided. Before you can access all of Twitter's features, you'll need to confirm your email address.

  1. Sign in to your email account.
  2. Open the confirmation message from Twitter: "Confirm your Twitter account, user name!"
  3. Click the link to confirm your account.
    Confirming an email addressConfirming an email address
  4. Your Twitter homepage will open. You now have full access to Twitter, and all future notifications will be sent to the email address you provided.

Privacy settings

Twitter gives you several options you can use to control the amount of privacy you have on Twitter. They are found in your account settings:

To manage your privacy settings:

  1. Click the gear icon Gear icon on the top navigation bar, then choose Settings from the drop-down menu.
    A screenshot of TwitterAccessing the Settings
  2. The Account Settings page will appear. Scroll down and check or uncheck the items that relate to your privacy and security.
  3. Click Save Changes.
    A screenshot of TwitterThe three items that relate to privacy
  4. You will then need to re-enter your Twitter password and click Save changes.
    A screenshot of TwitterConfirming the changes

Creating your profile

Once you've created an account, you'll want to add a profile picture, header image, profile information, and theme. This helps to make your Twitter feed more personal and unique.

To add a profile picture and information:

  1. Click the gear icon Gear icon on the top navigation bar, then choose Settings from the drop-down menu.
  2. Select the Profile button from the left navigation pane.
    A screenshot of TwitterGoing to Profile Settings
  3. The profile form will appear. Click Browse, then choose an image on your computer to use as a profile picture. You'll need to use a picture that does not exceed the size limit (currently 700 kilobytes).
    A screenshot of TwitterClicking Browse to choose a picture
  4. Click Change header to upload a header image, which will appear as background image on your profile page.


    Screenshot of TwitterChanging the header image
  5. In the Location field, type where you are located. You can type your city, state, and/or country, depending on how specific you want to be. Keep in mind that anyone who views your profile will be able to see this information. You can also leave it blank if you prefer.
  6. In the Website field, you can type an address to your website or blog if you have one. If not, you can leave it blank.
  7. In the Bio field, type something about yourself (in fewer than 160 characters).
  8. When you're done, click Save Changes.
    A screenshot of TwitterSaving profile info

Twitter recommends using your real name so people you know can find you. However, if you prefer to remain anonymous you can type an alias in the Name field.

To add a theme:

  1. Click the gear icon Gear icon on the top navigation bar, then choose Settings from the drop-down menu.
  2. Select the Design button from the left navigation pane.
    A screenshot of TwitterGoing to Design Settings
  3. Click a theme to preview it. You can preview as many themes as you want.
    A screenshot of TwitterClicking on a theme
  4. When you've found one you like, click Save Changes, and it will be applied to your profile.
    A screenshot of TwitterSaving the current theme

You can also Upload your own image or Change background and link color if you want to customize your theme even further.

Your profile is finished! Select the Me icon Me Button on the top navigation bar, then click View my profile page to see your profile at any time. You can also select View my profile page in the left navigation pane on your homepage.

A screenshot of TwitterThe finished profile