Once signed up with twitter you will be given a generic profile and it is up to you to edit this as you please. Whether for a business or an individual it can be beneficial to personalise your profile to help attract more followers.
To edit these features click on your profile located on the top tool bar. Alternatively go to the drop down menu on the right with your username and then click on settings.
Here you can change the appearance of your profile page and other settings.
· Account – This is where you can change your username, e-mail, language and the time zone. Once these have been set up you are unlikely to need to change them.
· Password – Here you can change your password. It is worth making your password something that includes letters, symbols and numbers as twitter has been hacked on occasions. The stronger your password is the less likely this will happen to your account.
· Mobile – is an option to set up twitter for your mobile but with most UK phones you can do it from the mobile handset.
· Notices – There are three options here for e-mail notifications. One is notification of new followers, another is notification of direct messages and finally an option for e-mail updates. There are three tick boxes to indicate if you want to opt-in or out of these notifications.
· Profile – The information that shows on your profile can be updated here. You can upload a photo for your profile picture that will show each time you tweet. It is better to have an image rather than the generic ones that are available. This helps show you are a genuine person or company. You can also include your name, town, website and bio information. These details are optional but will attract more followers when they are searching for common interests.
· Design – As well as managing the information available on your twitter page you can also personalise it. Twitter has various background designs you can choose from. You just need to click on one to select it. If you want to choose your own background you just need to upload the file. To do this click on change background image near the bottom of the page. If you do upload an image it may just appear in the top left hand corner. If this happens you need to click the tick box for tile background. This will mean the image is multiplied across the whole background. Some images will be more suitable than others because of this feature. You can also change the design colour for the background, text, links, sidebar and sidebar border. Just click on change design colours and you can change them all individually. By changing the colours it can make it more obvious where your links are, therefore easier to check if you have done them correctly. It can also match the rest of your design and any images you have used. Make sure when you have finished that you save all your changes.
· Connections – This section shows a list of all the applications you have allowed to access your account. This may be applications for your mobile phone such as ubertwitter or other applications such as tweetdeck. If at any point you wish to remove this access you can revoke it here. It is important to do this for any temporary access applications as until you revoke they continue to have access and this leaves your account vulnerable to hacking.
· Help - The help section has vastly improved and has lots of information on potential problems. There is lots of information on twitter basics, when something is not working and reporting a violation. If you get stuck with any problem on twitter this is the place to head and hopefully you will find your answer here.
Spending some time familiarising yourself with these functions will be time well spent and will help with understanding the possibilities of twitter. By personalising your twitter account it helps outline what you are about and will help create connections with other twitter users.
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