Twitter Sign Up – Site Title and Username
Twitter Sign In
I read an interesting article about your twitter username and how you can change it without affecting your followers and your twitter account in general.
While I was reading it I thought how much easier it would have been to show the information in a video. It would have been much more complete and easy to understand.
So I decided to do a video about changing your username.
While doing the video I realized that the distinction between your username and your twitter site name were two different items controlled from two different places in your twitter account.
That is what this video is about.
How to Set Up and Sign In To Your Twitter Account
The first step is to sign up for a twitter account and there is where your will find it is important to think it through.
In the sign up screen the first field to fill in is the name field. Here you fill in the name of your twitter site. Some folks may use the same name for the site and username but generally they are often different because the username is limited to 15 characters and the name site can be longer up to 20 characters.
The second field is the email address field and that has to be an email address specific to that twitter account so you have to have a unique account set up for the purpose. I have a web site specific email address for each web site I build so I use that email address when setting up a twitter account to connect to that site.
The third field is the password field and there you create whatever password you want.
The fourth field is the username field. Here you are limited to 15 characters and this is the keyword that will appear in the URL of your twitter account in the address bar. So you want to take some care to make sure your username is keyword rich so that it appears in the url. It may not be the most important factor for ranking or SEO but it’s just good to get into the habit of thinking keyword and relevance whenever you can.
Twitter Confirmation Email
Once you have filled in all the fields and the information has been approved you submit and will go to a screen that will tell you to check your email box and to confirm your sign up.
Once confirmed you will go to a twitter sign in screen where you will log into your new twitter account.
Twitter Account Name
To control you twitter account name you want to first click the settings tab in the upper right hand screen drop down menu.
Once in the settings screen you want to click the profile tab in and fill in all the information on the page.
Your Twitter Account name is the first field and it will reflect the name you chose when you sign up for the account. You can choose to leave it or change it. Remember you have 20 characters to play with and that includes spaces.
The other fields to fill in are Geo location, web address for an associated website (this is important so do it, great for back links) and a bio box that you should fill with keyword rich descriptions of your business.
Your twitter user name is very different from the twitter account name because it is shorter and because it appears in the URL for your account.
Here you should pick a keyword associated with your account, your business, your brand and make sure it is relevant,
The place you control your username in in the settings tab but under the account tab.
Here you can change your username to fit your business objectives and you can do it without affecting your existing Tweets, @replies, direct messages, or other data.
After changing it, make sure to let your followers know so you’ll continue receiving all of your Tweets with your new username.
There’s a lot more to setting up and using your account than what you find in this article and in the video above, but the point here was to draw the distinction between your Twitter Site name and your Twitter Username.
I hope this information does that and take a look at the video above to see all this in action.
So there you have it.
Stay well, stay with it and talk soon.
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