If you’ve already got a Twitter account, you might want to jump down to the next section. If not, let’s get started:
Create a Twitter account
Visit Twitter.com and Sign Up
Choose a Name. This is the main description people will see when they look at your Twitter profile. You can choose up to 50 characters (though only about 30 will be visible on a mobile screen). You can change this Name any time you want.
Add your Phone number or email address. (If you’re visiting Searchality.com it’s possible that you are an International School teacher. We’d therefore probably recommend that you use a permanent personal email address, and not a ‘foreign’ phone number or a transient school address).
Create your Username
Next you choose a Username. This is limited to 15 characters only and must be unique.
This is the @name that people will use to refer to you on Twitter. (We’re @Searchality) Again, you can change your @username anytime you like, but it may cause some confusion. Try in advance to give yourself a @name that can last a while
You can have as many Twitter accounts as you like as long as you use a different email address for each of them. (However, most email providers – e.g. Gmail, Outlook – allow you to use an “alias”. So for Twitter myname+work@emailprovider is a different address to myname+personal@emailprovider, but you will still receive the mail in your inbox. (Test it for yourself).
Why you might want more than one Twitter account:
It’s quite possible that as a teacher you have 3 possible identities
@ Your professional account that represents you and your subject as a teacher.
@ Your role in the school. (@SchoolXHead)
@ Your personal account – to separate interests from professional vs personal.
Having said that, with more than 300 million Twitter @users in the world, it can be hard to find a unique Twitter name, made of only 15 characters.
When you do find something unique, have a quick check on Twitter that there isn’t someone with a dangerously similar name, separated by just a _ or other tiny detail. (You don’t want to be forever getting their messages). Go to the Search box on Twitter and type in TheNameYouChose to check that name is OK. The autocomplete from Twitter might show similar names. For example, go to the Search bar and type teachhistory. You will see at least 10 accounts with variations of that. Just check you’re happy with the variations. I would also strongly advise that you click through to look at the profile of the most similar. Most accounts on Twitter are 100% OK, but just occasionally you can stumble across accounts that you really don’t want anything to do with!