Why do we use Twitter? To stay connected to the pulse of our communities, topics of interest, the latest news and events and also to share what we have to say. How do people know whether to follow and converse with you? By checking out your feed and reading your bio to get a feel for what you are about. This hinges on how people you have never met will perceive you.
Your Twitter Bio Versus Breakfast
Just like eating a good healthy breakfast, having a good Twitter bio is going to make sure you are at optimal performance levels.
Your profile picture
To start, you’ve got to have a great clear picture for your Twitter bio. Forget a picture of the back of your head… your future employer or business lead doesn’t want to see this. Oh yes. They will look.
Top 3 things that should be in your Twitter bio
First off, what are you going to be using Twitter for? Think about it. Business or Personal. Or perhaps both…which you should really do. Nobody wants to hear you blabber about business all day long. They want to know you have a life outside of work, and are actually a normal human being.
1. Personal interests
Who are you? A real life person or a machine? You have feelings, get them out. Are you into into baseball or the president of the local Sinead O’Conner fan club? Starbucks addict? Non profit and volunteer involvement? Runner? Think about adding these, and make it exciting!
2. Professional interests
What do you do during the day? Are you a CPA, Designer, Real Estate professional? Let people know about your accomplishments.
3. More about me
What types of topics will you engage in? Technology, automotive, healthy living, yoga? Do you have a website, blog, LinkedIn, about.me page that can connect your audience with an additional way to discover who your are? Add this to your Twitter bio!
How do I decide who to follow?
By scanning their posts and reading their twitter bio. If they sound interesting enough and align to my interests or topics that I want to learn more about, then I will follow. Think about this when writing your Twitter bio.
160 characters? Thats All?
Yup! And all of this has to be communicated in under 160 characters! Good luck! And remember, your online reputation is riding on this!