If you're not social media savvy, than we are here to help!

Please use this webpage as a resource to learn how to make an Twitter and Instagram account and then follow us to get all the latest updates.


How to create a Twitter account & tips

To create an account on the web:

  1. Go to http://twitter.com and find the sign up box, or go directly to https://twitter.com/signup.
  2. Enter your full namephone number, and a password.
  3. Click Sign up for Twitter.
  4. In order to verify your phone number, we will send you an SMS text message with a code. Enter the verification code in the box provided. Learn more about having a phone number associated with your account here
  5. Once you've clicked Sign up for Twitter, you can select a username (usernames are unique identifiers on Twitter) — type your own or choose one we've suggested. We'll tell you if the username you want is available.
  6. Double-check your name, phone number, password, and username.
  7. Click Create my account.You may be asked to complete a Captcha to let us know that you're human.

Note: if you'd like to sign up with Twitter using an email address, you can do so via the "Use email instead" link at the bottom of the sign up page. 

Tips for picking a username:

  • Your username is the name your followers use when sending @replies, mentions, and direct messages.
  • It will also form the URL of your Twitter profile page. We'll provide a few available suggestions when you sign up, but feel free to choose your own. 
  • Please note: You can change your username in your account settings at any time, as long as the new username is not already in use.
  • Usernames must be fewer than 15 characters in length and cannot contain "admin" or "Twitter", in order to avoid brand confusion.

Important information about signing up with email address:

  • An email address can only be associated with one Twitter account at a time.
  • The email address you use on your Twitter account is not publicly visible to others on Twitter.
  • We use the email you enter to confirm your new Twitter account. Be sure to enter an email address that you actively use and have access to. Check your inbox for a confirmation email to make sure you signed up for your account correctly.

First steps after you've created your account:

  1. After signing up, follow a handful of accounts to create a customized stream of information on your home timeline. Following means you'll get that user's Tweets on your Twitter home timeline. You can unfollow anyone at any time. Find out how to follow news sources, friends, and more in our Finding people on Twitter article.
  2. Read our Getting started with Twitter article.
  3. Learn about using Twitter on your mobile phone

Having trouble?

If you are signing up for an account using an older version of Internet Explorer (IE9 or earlier), you may be redirected to mobile.twitter.com to complete the sign-up. Learn more here.

For other tips and solutions to common problems, check out our troubleshooting articles.


How to follow us on Twitter

Our account username is: @CollegeParkWS, @YouthatthePark, and @CreationKids

How to follow on the web:

  1. Click on a username or navigate to a user's profile. (Trying to find a particular user? Read this article for instructions on how to find them.)
  2. Click the Follow button when you see it next to a user's profile photo or on a user's profile page.
  3. You can also click the Follow button next to any of your Who to follow suggestions, next to user search results, or anywhere else you see the Follow button on the web. 

Note: Users with protected Tweets will have to approve your follow request before you'll be able to see their Tweets.

How to follow via SMS/text message:

  1. Send a text with the words Follow [username] in an SMS (text message) to Twitter to start following someone from your mobile phone. For example, text Follow jymminie to your Twitter short or long code.
  2. You will receive a confirmation text letting you know you are now following that user.
  3. Unsure of your short or long code? This article provides more information.


How to follow on mobile web (mobile.twitter.com):

  1. In your mobile web browser, go to http://mobile.twitter.com
  2. Navigate to a user's profile. If you know an account's username, type it in like this: http://mobile.twitter.com/username to follow @Username.
  3. Click the Follow button, just as you would on the regular website.

How to follow via an app:

  1. Open your mobile application.
  2. Navigate to a user's profile or search for a user to follow.
  3. Click or tap Follow on their profile page.

Having trouble?

Our troubleshooting pages for following issues have answers to common problems.


How to create a Instagram account

Instagram is a mobile app that you can download on iOS and Android phones and tablets as well as Windows Phone 8 and later. You must create your account using the Instagram mobile app, not a computer. After you've downloaded the app and created an account, you can then view Instagram from a computer.

To start using Instagram:

  1. Download the Instagram app for iOS from the App Store, Android from Google Play Store or Windows Phone from the Windows Phone Store.
  2. Once the app is installed, tap  to open it.
  3. Tap Sign Up, then enter your email address and tap Next or tap Log In with Facebook to sign up with your Facebook account.
  4. If you register with email, create a username and password, fill out your profile info and then tap Done. If you register with Facebook, you'll be prompted to log into your Facebook account if you're currently logged out.

Keep in mind, if you sign up with email, make sure you enter your email address correctly and you choose an email address that only you can access. If you log out and forget your password, you'll need access to your email to get back into your Instagram account. Learn more about keeping your account secure.


How to follow us on Instagram

How do I find people I know to follow?

We can help you find and follow your Facebook friends and phone or tablet contacts who are already on Instagram.


  1. Go to your profile and then tap  in the top right.
  2. Tap Find Friends to choose to find friends from Facebook, from your phone's contact list or from a list of suggested Instagrammers.
  3. Tap Follow next to people whose posts you want to see in your Feed.


  1. Go to your profile and then tap  in the top right.
  2. Tap Find People to Follow to choose to find friends from Facebook, from your phone's contact list or from a list of suggested Instagrammers.
  3. Tap Follow next to people whose posts you want to see in your Feed.

Windows Phone

  1. Go to your profile and then tap  in the botom right.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Find & Invite Friends and then choose Follow your friends to find friends from Facebook or from your contact list.
  4. Tap Suggested users to see people whose posts you may like.
  5. Tap Follow next to people whose posts you want to see in your Feed.

You can also tap  (Android and iPhone/iPad) or  (Windows Phone) at the bottom of your app to see photos, videos and people that you might like. Use the search bar at the top of Search & Explore to search people or hashtags and find people sharing posts you're interested in (ex: search "knitting" to browse knitting posts people have shared).