It's the first day of class!!

We need to start with the basics. Today is the most basic of basics.

You need to have accounts! But where? Where do you stream?

The two major players right now are Twitch.tv and YouTube. 

I've found the best success by streaming to Twitch and using YouTube for long-term video uploads of my past streams, Let's Plays, and tutorial vids.

So that's what we're going to do. 

First, head over to Twitch.tv and register for an account if you don't already have one. 

When registering I prefer to not connect directly to Facebook (yet) because I'm paranoid and weird about things like that, so I prefer to use the old fashioned "email and password" signup form. 

Make sure you use a good password!!

When coming up with a name, pick something you're going to stick with for a while. 

You'll be building a brand around this name, so it's important that you don't switch usernames often. 

Or, ever, really.

Once you're in, you want to go edit your channel avatar, the cover image, and put a little bit of info about yourself. 

All this can be done from the channel page.

When you're done with that, head over to YouTube.com and do the exact same thing. 

Create an account (if you haven't already) and set up your profile to not look like garbage (aka like you just made it).

Now you've got the two most important accounts you can have as an online gamer.

Your homework for tonight is to see what else you can come up with to make your profiles look pretty. 

Er, professional. 

We want to look professional. 

Okay, you can make it pretty too. 

Aim for both.

In the next bit we talk about hardware!!1 aahh scary. 

Don't worry, you may not need anything depending on how you plan to stream. 

We'll talk about it.

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