How to create a Twitter account
Step-by-step directions on how to get started on Twitter.
- Go to http://www.twitter.com and click on “Sign up now.”
- For “Name,” give the name of your department or program.
Next, click “Settings” and fill out that information. Under the one-line bio, include brief descriptive text about your department or program, and a link to Stritch's website.For artwork, the university recommends all pages use the Stritch logo for its profile picture. The header image should reflect the individual school, college and program. Please contact the Office of Marketing for assistance in customizing your page artwork.Before you start tweeting, build the list of those you will be following. Seek out other Stritch accounts, other accounts for people and programs in your field, and others who are tweeting about keywords that are relevant to your interests. Read, retweet and respond to these tweets to begin building your online network.Start tweeting! Remember, Twitter is a conversation, not a megaphone. Use yours not only to share interesting news and information about your program, but to share news from other sources, to respond to and ask questions and to get to know your audiences better.Consider using an app. There are many free online applications that make updating and monitoring your Twitter presence much easier. Check out TweetDeck, and HootSuite for starters.There are some standards actions / conventions in Twitter with which you should become familiar.
- Next, choose your Username – this will become part of your Twitter address and also will be how you are identified when tweeting and responding to tweets. Choose a username that clearly identifies your department or program. Examples: StritchEnglish; StritchHistory, etc.
- For email, use a group mailbox that several members of your department or program can check if possible, rather than your personal email address.
- Reply – Reply to someone else’s tweet. Your reply will also show up on your Twitter.
- Retweet – One of the best ways to engage with the community on Twitter. Retweeting means you are sharing someone else’s tweet on your Twitter. A retweet is formatted by adding RT in front of the @ sign and the other person’s user name, followed by the original content of their tweet.
- URL shortener: URL shorteners are free online services that take a long URL and reduce it to just a few characters – and are highly important when you’re limited to just 140 characters. Examples are bit.ly and ow.ly.
- Hashtags: Hashtags are keywords added to a post prefaced by the # symbol. Readers can click on or search for hashtag terms to read tweets just about that topic.