How to Twitter - Part One gave a brief overview of Twitter, why I use it, and how to get signed up.
In Part Two, we'll move onto setting up your profile. This is important as people look to see if they want to follow you. If you do not have a bio, picture, website etc. I hesitate - so do others. We need to know a little bit first.
So.... you have your username... if you are continuing from sign up, the next screen you will see looks like this:
I personally, never like to use these. I don't like my friends to have to get the notifications :) However, follow the directions if you chose to. It will search for people in your address book.
So moving right along....
What are you doing? If you are going to listen to me... you won't do anything yet. However, I know some of you will want to - so go ahead and type something in there if you want. (No one will really read it - cause you aren't following/followed yet - but go ahead if you have to).
Let's click on Settings. Most of the learning I have found on the computer is by "playing" so go ahead and play with all of those tabs in there. After completing each tab, be sure and click SAVE at the bottom.
At the least, set these up:
Account Tab: One line bio, location (you can be general), More info URL (if you have a blog - link it up! If not, use another website you have - even ActiveRain). Note: There is a box called "Protect my Updates" where you will be locked. I have been locked and unlocked. For the beginning, I recommend you are unlocked - people hesitate following people who are blocked because they can not see anything - and you have to approve them. Of course, when you are unlocked - you will have some people request to follow that you will follow up and block later (I'll address this).
Device Tab: I highly recommend you do not set this up at this time.
Notices Tab: While you are getting started, change the drop-down menu to "All @ replies"
Picture Tab: Duh! It does have to be 700K or less, and square is best. (Picnik is awesome for this). Some people use a picture of themself, others use logos, pets, etc.
You're all set up! How to Twitter - Part Three is up where you can start learning how to follow and get followed.