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Updating Your Profile and Settings

To get the most out of Twitter, it is important to review and change your settings. It is also important that you let others know who you are by updating your Twitter profile. Twitter settings consist of seven different areas: Account, Password, Mobile, Notifications, Profile, Design, and Applications. Each setting will add or remove functionality from your Twitter account. Most of the settings are self-explanatory; however, let’s review the highlights of each area starting with account.

Account – It is possible to change your username if you are not satisfied with the one you originally chose when creating your account. However, I encourage you to stick with one once you are comfortable with it. Naturally, update your time zone. There is an option to post your location from where you are Tweeting; I recommend that you read Twitter’s Learn More information on this subject before activating this feature. The last two options focus on privacy and security. The first is protecting your Tweets by making them private and not available to the public timeline. I do not recommend checking this setting; the idea of Twitter is the public discourse. Setting security to HTTPS is a good practice, and one to consider.

Password – This is where you would change your password.

Mobile – This is where you can add your mobile devices to receive and send text messages from and to Twitter. You have options to control the amount of Tweets to receive. Once you have your phone set up, you can send messages to 40404 under your Twitter account.

Notifications – It is not always possible to be monitoring Twitter; however, you may still want to learn about messages directed to you. The notifications area allows you to control which messages can be sent to the email address located in the accounts area.

Profile – Profile is where you let the rest of the world know who you are. I recommend completing this form completely. It helps to be located and identified as a person worth following. However, I do not necessarily recommend auto-posting your Facebook account. Instead, I would recommend using third party tools like Hootsuite or Tweetdeck to selectively post to various accounts and pages.

Design – In the design area, you have the opportunity to improve the background on your Twitter page. If you are representing an organization or business, I recommend that you create a background and upload it. Here are some wonderful examples: http://bit.ly/twbackgrounds

Applications – The applications area is where you can decide which applications can continue to access your Twitter account. These are applications that you had previously authorized to access your account.


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