*re-writes twitter bio*
Thanks, nice post :)
Much has been written about using Twitter for business, for social networking, for personal connections, for making money with and increasing follower count. But many people forget that without a good (great) Twitter bio, it’s virtually impossible to get targeted followers, much less engage meaningfully with them.
Now some may argue that writing an itty bit bio of a 160 characters is hardly rocket science and they’d be right. But the number of atrocious bios I’ve seen lately has inspired this post. It’s not always easy to combine brevity, meaning and interest.
Whether you use Twitter for business or other, take a good look at your Twitter bio and ask yourself “Will someone reading my bio want to follow me?” and if yes, then ask “Will that follower be the kind of person I wish to attract?”
No one relevant will follow you if they don’t know who you are. And no one will know who you are if you don’t tell them succinctly. Enter your Twitter bio.
Now before we discuss what you SHOULD write in your bio, let’s get all the DON’T stuff out of the way first.
Remember, the main point of your bio is so that others may determine if you are follow-worthy or not based upon your mutual interests. People like to follow others who:
So then, what should you put in your bio that will attract the right audience?
It’s all very well to provide a laundry list of what to include in a Twitter bio, but you may be wondering how the heck am I going to fit all this material in 160 characters? Here are some tips and tricks:
Here are some examples of great Twitter bios:
And with that, I hope you are off to write or re-write your Twitter bio!
Twitter forces us to condense our thoughts, use brevity and still convey lots of meaning. That’s a big challenge for most people. Find what defines you best and construct your bio using that information. Think of your bio as a concentrated version of your tweets.
Did I miss an important point about Twitter bios? Do you want to showcase a great Twitter bio you’ve seen?
Add it all in the comments below!
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*re-writes twitter bio*
Thanks, nice post :)
Twitter- the untold success pillar has grown unimaginable..pushing every online junkies to get addicted for promotional purpose rather status updates..
“Catchy” Bio’s is utmost..
Thanks for remembering it..
A very good post. I think some people just miss the boat on this. I will be honest and say that unless I LOVE their tweets, if there is nothing in the bio, I do not follow.
My bio is a mix of professional and personal. About half of my followers are athletes and the other half are freelancers/designers/coders/etc. Because of that, both my bio and my tweets address both audiences, without getting too personal, of course!
My Twitter bio pulls in exactly the followers I want:
@ KOKEdit: Your favorite copyeditor since 1984. Medical editor w/ ESL specialty helping researchers in 20-plus nations get published. Curator, Copyeditors’ Knowledge Base.
Very sweet of you for sharing these tips, thanks. To cut it short: write a twitter bio that will make prospect followers want more from you. ;)
Good post. I will likely be revising mine in the near future. Right now it has some useful info (I finished college, studied computers, I’m a web developer, freelance, available, make twitter backgrounds), but it comes off as very casual and laid back.
After seeing a lot of Twitter posts tackling the same old topics, this one really caught my attention. I’m glad I put in effort when writing bios; not just for Twitter, but for all of my online profiles. It gives people an idea about who this person is in a nutshell, making me less of a spammer (or bot) and very much more like a real person online.
For personality I have a line “Dr.Pepper Drinker” too much?
As suggested twitter bio plays a major role in follower convertion.
As an seo expert 3 blind points will help you better.
1. Twitter username
2. Twitter profile image
3. Twitter Bio
reading this article i thought i am in the right path here is mine
@ameetkarn Freelancer by birth, a proud Indian, giving life to designs, avid PS3 player and a proud father
Although I think Twitter is a superior tool for creating relationships and conversations, I don’t give it much importance for e-commerce. Especially if your market is B2B oriented.
I rely much more in “traditional” (?) methods like e-mail marketing. Twitter is a complement not your base your commercial strategy on this media, unless you are in a B2C market and your goal is to build a brand.
‘Twitter BIO Dont’s’ section is very informative and funny too. Great post with a touch of humor.
There are many reasons to fill your bio:
Twitter gives you the opportunity to say something about you, so why wasting this opportunity?
Secondly I don’t follow people who don’t have a bio, I mistrust them (I’m a distrustful person)
One more important thing is that your bio appears in search engine results, so you can get even more followers!
Personally, I added my specialties and interests and included a sentence that represents my way of thinking! ;-)
I’ve actually received a few compliments on my Twitter Bio, and I’m glad to say I wrote it with a lot of your pointers in mind. But I definitely appreciated the “Usefulness, USP” reminder because that is something I feel is missing. I’m going to review it and see what can be done.
Thanks very much!
HAHA, I always disregarded the twitter bio, but after reading this twitter bio post, i started thinking about my twitter ranking. Maybe that is why i don’t have that many followers. I’m going to rewrite my twitter bio, im thankful, You just sparked inspiration in me
Thanks for sharing this – nice tips for effective and professional bio. Reminded me to complete my twitter bio.
Thank you for so comprehensive and convincing post. Now I am going to check out all my bio’s on a web and to rewrite what’s necessary. I would like to invite you to my blog. I hope you will enjoy my artworks and I will receive your constructive suggestions on what should be improved below my pictures for my weak English do not spot the visual impression of my pictures. I hope your visit will be beneficial to us both. Thus till meeting . I am eagerly looking forward to your comments.
Thanks once again for the lessons you gave to me.
I’m really passionate about buying a Porsche, but you’re right…at this stage of my life, I’ll have to be passionate about buying a Porche :)
Great post – I’ve had many of the same thoughts about peoples’ lame profiles.
People, do check my twitter page, bio, background and let me know what do you think.
Wonderful hints. Thank you so much!
I’ve finally opened a Twitter account and this article was very welcomed.
Lots of useful information in this post, Salma; thanks. I do disagree with two of your suggestions, though. The word “passionate” has been so overused it makes me gag. And identifying oneself as a “proud parent” doesn’t seem to help one’s business image. Though of course, you could say the same thing about my calling myself a “capital D Democrat.” ;-)
Nice article :) It helped me a lot for a person who shivers everytime he describe/introduce himself like me. lol
great tips thanks, I’ll try to use them to create a new bio for my account
It’s important to decide, or gradually develop the ‘persona’ (which should be the real you) that you want to present on the web.
I’ve just started doing (fixing) all my bios to reflect a recent interest in social media and public relations (PR2.0 that is, which is not really public relations but something a little more effective, collaborative, interactive and human).
In that process you continually have to ask yourself: 1. Who do I want to look like (to others) on the web? 2. What am I trying to sell?
My ‘brand’ will look something like a guy who is sincere and determined to get other people excited by the new media revolution and use it to help people, governments and organizations develop ongoing meaningful (and genuine) conversations to resolve conflicts and other problems around the world.
With research by Grunig and others that show two-way symmetrical (powerwise) conversations actually get you a win-win in the long run, which increases ROI and makes organizations (including governments) better able to handle issues and conflicts before they even arise, and after.
So twitter and social media in general are actually part of a groundbreaking (earthshattering actually) revolution in communication – similar to the invention of moveable type, and the printing press.
This is great information. Thank you. I’m probably gonna change mine a little. The whole quotes thing makes alot of sense. I was reading over the interest part but what do you put there if your a teen? I mean I don’t think people would be interested if I was interested in nail polish.( just as an example)but the info was very helpful. Thanks
I would just add that a real photo is very important. While I understand the use of logos for business accounts, it’s always nice to know WHO is behind the brand. Above all, get rid of the egg!
Even though I love chickens, I don’t follow eggs.
follow me home http://www.twitter.com/imedabong
Love it I actually re check and re write my twitter bio thanks a lot!
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I loved this post thanks !
This is mine :) I change it from time to time because I love change. The Rhinestones part is because I was a Vegas Impersonator for years ( Marilyn, Cher, Shania and others) I stepped down to grow my business & my blog from home and raise our beautiful daughter Matilda born 4/1 2011
Great post! Thanks, I definitely just went and redid mine!! lol. Check it out @SarahEliMattern
I was just itching to know do you trade featured posts
This is a great resource. I need to fill in my profile..its blank. Ive never paid attention to tweeter to much but have dabbled in it here an there…and Im sure im missing out. As a small business owner of multiple websites (http://www.asasupplies.com) I love that you can come to blogs like these and get some piratical and useful advise. I already have a clear picture of what my bio and potential followers could be.
Very good info. Lucky me I came across your blog by accident (stumbleupon). I have bookmarked it for later!
Nice post though! Follow me on twitter @Freshh_Vickkie
Very interesting! thanks for the tips
I do not usually reply to posts but I will in this case.
My God, I thought you had been going to chip in along with some decisive insight
at the end there, not leave it with ‘we leave it to you to decide’.
I am using Youtube past 2 months to optimize my software company website.
Although i am happy with the output,but want to be serious with twitter to get best from it…As i am newbie,can you please guide me with your ideas and experience,although i lied your ideas and give it a try…Waiting for your response!!
Interesting post, Thanks for sharing.