This week, I’m doing a special multi-part series at the request of a member who wanted to learn all about Twitter. Yesterday, I introduced you to the popular social media platform. You can click here to begin with that article.

Today, let’s find out how to set up an account. There are two ways to set up a Twitter account. You can go to Twitter.com or you can download the Twitter app for your smartphone or tablet.

If you’re using a smartphone or tablet, go to the Apple or Google Play app store and search for Twitter.  Then just choose Install. The app is free and Twitter is free to use.

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To use it with the browser of your choice, just open it up and go to www.twitter.com. If you don’t already have an account, click Log in at the top right and choose Sign up.

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Enter your name and smartphone number (or choose to use an email address) and then your date of birth. The minimum Twitter age is 13, so this is not a place for kids.

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Next, you’ll be able to choose whether or not ads are targeted to you based on your Twitter and online activity. You’re going to see ads no matter what, this is just to determine whether Twitter uses your online activity to select ads it believes you might be interested in.

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You’ll have the opportunity to read Twitter’s privacy and cookie policy before agreeing to their terms of service by clicking the sign-up button.

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You’ll then receive a verification text or email with a code you can enter.

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Enter the code and click on Next.

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Pick a password that’s at least six characters long. Click Next.

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Next, you can pick a profile picture. Just click the camera icon in the circle to select a photo to upload. You can skip this step, but I will caution you that Twitter accounts without profile pictures are often regarded as suspicious by other users.

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Next, add a brief biography that lets people know about you or the business or organization you’re tweeting on behalf of.

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Your next option is to let Twitter know a bit about your interest so they can make suggestions of who you should follow on Twitter. You can skip this step if you like.

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Twitter will suggest accounts to follow. You can either take their suggestions by clicking on Follow or skip the step.

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Next comes the option to allow notifications. This is important. If you’re someone who likes to stay on top of things and plans to use Twitter a lot, you’ll probably want to turn them on. Otherwise, you may want to skip that step and just wait until you open up the Twitter app or a browser to see what’s going on. Turning on notifications can result in you getting a lot of them.

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And just like that, you’re ready to go!

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