Whatever your intentions may be on twitter – whether it be for social aims or professional ones – having a great bio is vital to your success. The way you bio reads will have a determining effect on how others perceive you. So it had better be good!
There are several things that you will have to factor in when you sit down to write your bio. I have complied below the most important of these factors to help you get started.
Character space is limited so make it count!
Remember, you will only get 160 characters to work with so it is vitally important that you use this limited space to its fullest. Be to the point!
Keep in mind what you include in your bio!
When people google your name, or use any other search engine to do likewise, your twitter bio will be in amongst the top results so make sure that everything is the way you want it to be. Especially spelling!
Do not fall for the predictability trap!
By this I mean do not be boring and average! There are so many twitter bios online that are identical and thus forgettable – this is not what you want yours to be described as. What do I mean by predictable? Well, telling the world that you love animals, or that you are a Pisces, or that your favourite colour is blue; this is all predictable and boring and so very bad for a twitter bio! These kinds of bios are so predictable that there is even a piece of software that can generate these generic bios for you.
Failure to stand out may result in fakeness!
It was reported not too long ago that between 5 to 10 % of twitter users are actually computer programs, i.e. as fake as can be. What leads to other twitter users seeing you as being fake is having no profile picture or else a terribly dull profile bio. You have been warned!
Be careful about the humour!
Just because you think that the 160 characters that you have just spent the last two hours creating is hilarious, might not actually mean that it is! Ask friends and family for their opinion and see if they get a giggle out of what you have written.
We are not all creative geniuses!
Just because you cannot come up with a 160 piece of art, does not mean that you are boring. Lots of people have this problem; it is not a simple thing trying to get your personality across in such few character. So, take your time and ask advice. Even look at some bios that you have seen and liked and use them as a template.
Self promoting is the key!
Shelf those feelings of arrogance, narcissism and selfishness and get out there and sell yourself! You want the world to see the real you so go and give it to them!
Examples of clever and funny bios
I’ve learned I don’t know anything. Have also learned that people will pay for what I know. Life is good.
I love my husband, my dogs, all things marketing, three-day weekends, high-heels, reading, running, knitting, sushi, wine, long walks on the beach…wait, what?
I was born. When I was 11 I got my first computer. Then I started writing funny tweets. That’s still what I am doing. The end.
My life was changed by a train.
Nothing more than a man who cared enough to try
I’m the illegitimate love-child of Strategy and Creativity. Now neither parent admits to having me…
A mum and a wife with a really cool day job…
Living one day at a time, with a fresh baked cookie. Okay. And with a coffee. And maybe some chocolate. But I promise to take my vitamins.
Reeling and Writhing, of course, to begin with, and then the different branches of arithmetic — Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision.
Insert pretentious crap about myself here.
I apologise in advance.
Buddy, can you paradigm?
Recommended by 4 out of 5 people that recommend things.
Nerdfighter. Determined dreamer. Has ambitions to be crazy cat lady if marrying various celebrity crushes proves impossible.
Viestintäpäällikkö, Alexandria Pankkiiriliike Oyj. Yhteisöviestinnän opiskelija @ JY. Salibandyintoilija ja ruokaharrastaja. Twiitit yksityishenkilönä.
(Note this is Finnish. I don’t know what it says, but get a load of all those letters! I figure any bio with the word Oyj in it has got to be great.)
Coffee-Drinker, eReader Addict, Mom, Blogger. I’m very busy and important
90% of your problems can be solved by marketing. Solving the other 10% just requires good procrastination skills.
You know the burnt-out college student in front of you in line at Target who was intermittently chuckling to herself? Nice to meet you, too.
If I could sum up my life in one line I would die of embarrassment
I’m @JasonFalls’s wife. I am not on Twitter. Go do something useful.
I’m really a giant cupcake. Afraid of roller coasters and dry ice
Sometimes I just want to give it all up and become a handsome billionaire.
S P E C T A C U L A R V E R N A C U L A R
I used to love my old twitter account, then everyone from work found me. This is my new account
I have been called a PollyAnna, sugar-coated idealist. I like to think of myself as more optimistic than that
I’m not smart. I just wear glasses.
I’m real and I hope some of my followers are too
HOLY CRAP I’M GOING TO BE A DAD! Oh yea, I work in email marketing & I like craft beer too.
I’m just a boy, standing in front of the world, asking you to follow me.
do not judge me before u know me, but just to inform u, you won’t like me
I’ve never been a millionaire but I just know I’d be darling at it
A human. Being.
Why talk when you can mock? Why hide your Face like I got Mace? Is it all an act or just a Fact. Maybe if you didn’t drool, you’d be cool. Ran out of room boom
I’m a Basset Hound aficionado with a mouth like a Syphilitic sailor.
Recap of the main points
- Make your bio accurate and true to yourself. Do not overthink things and definitely do not write things based on what you think other people would like to hear.
- Twitter is a place that is alive with excitement and new happenings so join in and add your own buzz to the party!
- Don’t go mental with trying to be friends with everyone and anyone, this will just prove to be completely unproductive. Instead, focus in on the kind of people that you can relate to.
- Let people know how well you are doing in life! Don’t be shy and secretive, get out there and let the world know what is currently making your life awesome!
- Do not, whatever you do, come across as being fake. Twitter is full of fake profiles so make sure that you are appearing as a real human being.
- Invite people to follow you. Don’t just be wrapped up in gaining followers.
- Ensure that you are using the lingo correctly in terms of hashtags, @s and links. Everything is connected in twitter so be certain that you know how it works before you starts sending out tweets.
My bottom line
Well there you have, I have now imparted all my pearls of wisdom with you concerning how you should go about creating a great twitter bio. If you follow my guidelines and look at the examples that I have provided then you should soon be well on your to creating a top class twitter bio.
I hope that you found this review helpful and informative and I wish you all the best with your tweeting!