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Twitter 101: Signing Up

http://www.gcflearnfree.org/twitter101Before You Sign UpYour profile on Twitter is public, therefore it is important for you to consider how you want to be represented and viewed by the world before you sign up.Consider Your Profile Twitter Handle - Your Twitter handle, or user name, can say just as much about who you are as it does about why you are on Twitter. Try to create a Twitter handle that is unique and catchy, in addition to being easy to remember and spell so others can connect with you. Keep in mind that it is public, so you may not want to use your full name.Profile Picture - Make sure the profile picture you use represents exactly who you want to be on Twitter. For example, If your motivation for using Twitter is for networking with other professionals, then a photo of you partying at Mardi Gras isn't appropriate. If protecting your privacy is important, then you may want to use a graphic avatar in place of a personal photo. However, you should keep in mind that Twitter is about relationships and some people might not feel as connected to company logos and graphics.Profile Bio - Typically your bio can include a quick, one or two line description of who you are. As space is at a premium, descriptive text that uses powerful imagery can paint a unique picture of who you are. Some people create bios with contradictory words in order to be humorous, informational, and memorable with very little said. If you are promoting yourself or a business you may want to include your web address or other contact information, but keep in mind this information is public to everyone on the web. Watch the video for an overview of the Twitter sign up process.If you are interested in learning more about this topic, please visit our site to view the entire tutorial on our website. It includes instructional text, informational graphics, examples, and even interactives for you to practice and apply what you've learned.
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