Getting started is usually the most difficult step for anything that you want to accomplish in life. (tweet this) The same is true for Twitter. It might be that you don’t know where to start, or maybe you are just procrastinating. Either way, I have created a list of the first 7 things that you should do to get started on Twitter. This should help you stop procrastinating, and get started.
1. Choose your username
The first step in getting started on Twitter is to create an account. When you create your account, it’s important to remember that your username, or “handle,” describes you and your purpose.
Hopefully your name or a variation of your name is available. If not, you will want to create something that makes sense to others and describes your purpose.
You will want your username to be about 10 – 15 characters in length so that people can “mention” you without using too many of the 140 that are available to them.
2. Create your bio
On Twitter you only have a few seconds (or in this case 160 characters) to explain who you are and what you are all about. What would you say about yourself to a perfect stranger in 160 characters? That is what you should put in your bio. Your bio should perfectly capture who you are, what you do, and what you believe in – in 160 characters or less.
3. Upload your photo
Always make sure that your Twitter profile includes your picture. You will want to use a close-up head shot and make sure you are the only person in the photo.
Shooting and uploading a photo of you takes just a couple of minutes but it will have a huge effect on the number of people who will follow you on twitter. It seems like the perfect size for a Twitter photo is 400 x 400.
4. Send a tweet
Once you have created your account, created your bio, and uploaded your photo, it is time to send your first tweet. It does not need to be anything earth shattering, and you won’t have any followers to see it yet, but it will serve as your introduction to the Twitter world and let people know you are a real person.
5. Tell your friends
Growing your Twitter following from scratch is not easy. A good place to start is with your friends and family —especially if they are already on twitter. This will also help you to grow your Twitter following because most of them will follow you back.
6. Find people to follow
You might want to follow your friends, family, coworkers, and maybe even some local businesses. A good place to start is Twitter’s “Who to Follow” feature (in the left column of your Twitter home page) for recommendations of people to follow. You can expand that list by clicking “view all.” Most but not all of the people that you follow on twitter will follow you back.
7. Get some tools
Like anything else, if you want to be successful on Twitter you want to make sure you have the right tools. There are a number of tools out there and I recommend that you use these two from day one.
Twitter Mobile App –Install the Twitter mobile app on your smartphone. This will allow you to interact with your account when you are on the go and away from your computer.
Hootsuite – Sign up for a free Hootsuite account. Hootsuite is one of the most popular and comprehensive social media tools available. It is a very user-friendly tool that will allow you to manage and update your Twitter, WordPress, Foursquare, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+ accounts all from one place. They have a paid pro version, but the free version will provide you with everything that you need to manage your Twitter account as well as all of your other social media accounts.
Well, that is all that it takes to get started on Twitter. If you follow these seven steps you should be off to a good start, and on your way to having a successful Twitter experience.
Question: Are you on Twitter? How has it helped share your purpose with the world? Let us know in the comments here!