Step 1: Sign Up
First, go to www.twitter.com/signup and fill in the blanks. You’ll want to use your real name, email address, phone number and a strong password.
Step 2: Verify Phone Number
When you first sign up, Twitter will ask for your phone number and will text you a verification code. Type in the verification code to continue.
Step 3: Choose a Twitter Handle
Twitter will suggest a handle for you, but we recommend that you create one for your professional account with your first name and last name — as well as your title, if you like.
For example, “@DrJohnSmith,” “@DrSmith,” “DrSmithUF,” “@RogerSmithMD” etc.
Step 4: Confirm Your Email Address
If you used your email address, go to your email account and click the verification link in the Twitter confirmation email. If you used your phone number, type in the verification code that was texted to you. Voila, you’re officially on Twitter!
Step 5: Fill Out Your Profile
Before you start following people or tweeting, make sure to spruce up your Twitter page. To do this, click “Profile” and then “Edit Profile.”
We recommend you upload a professional headshot for your profile picture, select a nice header image and write a short biography that encapsulates profession, area of specialty and location. You can even add a link to your professional website. For more profile tips and examples, click here.
You can easily create a header image that is sized correctly by adapting a free Canva template. Canva is a drag-and-drop design tool that is very easy to use. If you need help with this — or need help finding a particular photo, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 6: Start “Following” People
Now it’s time to let people know you’re on Twitter. You can search for people you may know by importing your contacts or by just using the search bar. To start building your professional network, follow colleagues, friends and organizations you like or are associated with.
Don’t forget to follow @UFHealthCancer!
Step 7: Send Out a Tweet
Say hi to the Twitter community!
When tweeting, you now have 280 characters to say what you need to say. You can also add pictures and videos, which don’t affect word count, and links and hashtags, which do affect word count, to your tweets to reach a larger audience.
Click here for a guide to Twitter for Health Care Professionals.