How to Complete Your Twitter Profile Settings - dummies

How to Complete Your Twitter Profile Settings

By Kyle Lacy

You use your Twitter bio to let the world know who you are. If you’re using Twitter for business, tell what your business d0es. Use plain language and keywords that people would normally search for. Do you sell real estate in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula? Put that in. Are you a corporate travel planner for veterinarians? Put that in.

Don’t use jargon that normal people don’t use, and don’t make commercial statements such as We Help You Make Money Overnight. It puts people off, and they’re less likely to follow you.

To enter a bio, click your Twitter name in the top right of your screen. A drop down box appears with the Settings link. This takes you to your Settings page.

Profile settings on twitter.

Click the Profile tab between Notices and Design to edit your profile information. In the Bio text box (under your website URL), you have up to 160 characters to talk about yourself. Also on this page, you have the option to enter your website URL. Be sure to enter the URL in the Web text box, too.

Also on this page, you get the opportunity to change the time zone you are tweeting from, add a location to your profile page, and enter in your full name (if you haven’t already). You also have the opportunity to choose to add your location to your Tweets. When you are at a party and you want to add your location, click the Add Your Location section in Settings. You will not attract stalkers. Twitter gives you the ability to turn your location off and on before each tweet.

As you may have already noticed, there are additional tabs to complete in your Twitter profile potential. Other than your Profile tab on the settings page, you have the Account, Password, Mobile, Notices, and Design tabs.

  • Account: The Account tab allows you to change your Twitter username and the e-mail associated with your account.

    You can change the time zone you are tweeting from, add a location to your profile page, and designate what language you plan on writing your tweets in.

    There are also options to Tweet Media and Tweet Privacy. The Tweet Media option allows you to see media from everyone on Twitter instead of just the people you are following. The Tweet Privacy check box keeps your tweets private to only people you approve.

  • Password: This tab allows you to change your current password or get your old password if you have forgotten it. Just click the Forget your password? button under the Current Password box.

  • Mobile: If you want to send and receive messages from Twitter via your mobile phone (text messages), you can fill out your region and mobile phone number. Make sure you click the start button to verify your number in order to start receiving messages.

  • Notices: The Notices tab allows you to select or unselect different permissions Twitter has to contact you. You can receive messages via e-mail when someone starts following you, you receive a new direct message, or when Twitter has a news or update announcement.

  • Design: You have the ability to change the look and feel of your Twitter account when people visit you at This tab allows you to select a background design theme, change to a customized background image, and change your design colors.

Check out Themeleon if you are having trouble deciding on a theme and color scheme for your Twitter profile. The site has thousands of different theme images, background patterns, and layouts.