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How to Craft an Awesome Twitter Bio

Given the character limitations, your Twitter bio by default is a very succinct, clear way of stating who you intend to be on Twitter. How you craft yours may reveal a thing or two about your true self – or at least your personal branding goals. Are you looking for a few good bio ideas? Do you like funny bios? Or, are you more presidential?

Remember: your bio is usually the first thing people see when deciding whether to follow you on social media. Like it or not, it’s your elevator pitch that is immediately judged by what you write in your bio.

This post is the fourth in our series on how to write impressive bios for social media. To catch up, here are our first three:

✓Blog: 9 Steps to Write a Killer ‘About Me’ Blog Author Bio that Doesn’t Suck

✓Facebook: How to Write an Awesome and Succinct Facebook Bio

✓Instagram: How to Create Good Instagram Bios: The Ultimate Checklist

What does your Twitter Bio Say About You

Whether you’re treating it earnestly, opportunistically, or as a complete joke, your Twitter bio is your elevator pitch for who you are. – Lara Cohen, Twitter’s head of entertainment talent and lifestyle partnerships

From Vogue and HubSpot, here are a few things your bio can say about you:

1 – The Fuzzy Family Bio

Used by: Politicians, Public Figures, VIP’s

What it means: You’re a VIP and have no need to introduce yourself. Putting family first “is a way of politicians and public figures humanizing themselves,” says Cohen. “It makes these massively public, superhuman figures seem approachable, which is what Twitter does for public figures.”

For example, on Twitter, President Obama puts family first: “Dad, husband, and 44th President of the United States.”

2 – The Résumé

Used by: Writers, Professionals and those using Twitter as a venue for self-promotion

What it means: You’re hustling—and, according to Cohen, there’s no shame in that. “For the real people among us, especially someone like you who is a writer and is putting your work out there, people use Twitter and, by extension, their Twitter bio to announce who they are in this very public universe.”

3 – The Autobiography

Used by: CEO’s, Business Owners, Entrepreneurs

What it means: You hardly ever sleep. This Twitter bio art form, tweeters tell their life story in the space of 160 characters.

Here’s an example from our very own dlvr.it CEO, @bflitter:

4 – The Minimalist

Used by: Celebrities, Comedians, some of Twitter’s most popular kids

What it means: You’re “untouchably” cool, and everyone wants to be you. Bonus points when your minimal bio also happens to be funny. According to Cohen: “Announcing that you have a sense of humor about yourself as a celebrity is a good look.”

@katyperry: Growing…

@taylorswift13: Born in 1989.

@SarahKSilverman: We’re all just molecules, Cutie.

@jimmykimmel: eccentric billionaire

@arnettwill & @batemanjason: Jason Bateman’s sponsor and Friend of Will Arnett’s

5 – The Disclaimer

Used by: Considerate tweeters who have a way of warning about their tendencies, like a political reporter warning about her numerous Red Sox tweets. Bio disclaimers can also come from a place of self-preservation: Shonda Rhimes tells her 1.2 million followers: “I make stuff up for a living. It’s not real, okay? Don’t tweet me your craziness.”

What it means: You have a considerable following and impeccable online etiquette, and you’d rather not weather the backlash when you tweet obsessively about something.

How do I write my Twitter bio?

You have exactly 160 characters (thanks Twitter for the extra 20) to explain to the Twittersphere who you are, what you do, and why your Twitter is worth the follow.

First step: Figure out how you are going to stand out.

A good bio has a mix of a profession as well as personal. Share something that will connect you with your audience.

Mix parts of #1 – You as a real person (use your true identity/profession): Chef, Journalist, CEO, Student, Artist, Lifestyle Coach

Mix parts of #2 – Your personality: Coffee snob, surfer, yoga lover, backyard chicken farmer, chief cook and bottle washer, Dad, Minecraft geek

The key is to find the right balance between personal and professional. The professional side gives your credentials while the personality side shows an insight into who you are as a human being. It gives a potential follower something they can latch on to talk to you about.

Taking Bill Flitter’s Twitter bio example from #3 above:

Discuss , | Dad |  founder | fan/owner | High school | Love great 

Putting it all together:

Bill = real and relatable person to follow on Twitter (I’m sure he wouldn’t mind the extra attention, follow @bflitter)

Other tips to follow: Remember to always

8 Engaging Twitter Bio Ideas

We’ve discussed the mix of being professional and personal in your bio but how do you REALLY stand out against the other 310 Million active Twitter users in just 160 characters. From Post Planner, Buffer, and SocialTalent, here are some ideas to craft an excellent Twitter bio to engage and entice a Twitter following:

1. Use Keywords

Keywords are super important when people search for you on Twitter. That means the strongest Twitter bios usually contain targeted keywords.

Write a bio that will motivate others to follow you on specific topics, those you most often tweet. Use keywords and be direct. – Michael Dobbs, Group Director of SEO at digital marketing agency 360i.

2. Embrace the Space!

Your Twitter bio is only 160 characters long! Not a period more. It’s your elevator pitch on steroids. Don’t waste it! Ask yourself, do you really need to mention your passion for #lovebacon?

Here’s some great advice when approaching your bio’s blank slate:

3 – Use Emojis, Hashtags, @s, or Links

Twitter bios can help people branch out into various facets of your identity.

4. Tell Us What You Do or Believe in

Use your bio to tell everyone on Twitter exactly what you do — or even better, what you believe in! Instead of telling people about your work, tell people what you do.

5. Include the Name of Your Employer

Including your business name is very useful when potential customers search for your company on Twitter. Your business name is also useful when candidates search for your company. If your bio contains your employer’s name or Twitter handle, you’ll appear in the search results when people search for that business on Twitter.

6. Avoid Meaningless Buzzwords

Twitter is a place to generate excitement and buzz. If you consider yourself boring, Twitter is not the place to show it. Add some pizzazz to your bio with an upbeat tone and optimistic verbiage.

However, get rid of the buzzwords! You are not going to stand out. Take time to come up with something better than any of the following:

7. Add Social Proof

What are your greatest accomplishments?

Make sure to mention significant awards and recognition in your Twitter bio (e.g., best-selling author).

You can write about:

This social proof can be a great conversation starter.

8. Use Humor

A little humor will go a long way for getting people to remember you on Twitter. For inspiration, check out these 38 Incredibly Amusing Twitter Bios from HubSpot.

Here is an example from @tomhanks:

Need some extra help? Check out the following Twitter bio generator.

Easy Route: Twitter Bio Generator

1 – The Bio Generator

Just click “Generate Bio,” and voila—out comes your canned description. Here’s what I got:

I wouldn’t put much stock in the outcome (it always changes) but it’s fun to try and may get your creative juices flowing.

Here’s another fun one:

2 – This one from College Humor is similar to the word game Mad Libs: The Ultimate Bio Generator

Having trouble coming up with an informative yet whimsical Twitter bio? Just use this handy three-step guide and you’ll be a Twitter Pro in no time!

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So, that’s it.

Does your Twitter bio tell your story? We’d love to hear from you.

We also like funny bios. Truthfully, any great bio ideas. 

Please share bio examples in the comments!

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