I know, I know. I’ve written about Twitter bios and “what not to tweet” more times than is probably healthy. But, what can I say, I’m a giver. I also need to rant about 90% of what happens online, so there you go.
For today’s reading pleasure, I want to address more Twitter bio “don’ts.” Yes, these faux pas sometimes drive me crazy, but omitting these snippets from your bio means you can keep it under the 160 character limit without resorting to writing “u” instead of “you” AND it allows you to write more about who you are rather than focusing on other, completely unimportant, things.
1. “I am” or “Sally is”
If you’re squished for space, there’s no need to include the “I am.” We know it’s you. While you don’t want to appear like you can’t put a sentence together, if you have lots to include, just cut those first two words. Plus, I always think it reads better. It’s more casual. Less stuffy and stilted.
(Also, don’t even think about writing your bio in third person. People don’t want to follow a “professional” bio. They want a real human. Act like it.)
2. “Opinions are mine and not of my employer”
First things first, make sure you don’t need it. If you’re unsure, ask your boss before removing as we don’t want you to get in any trouble now, do we? That said, I feel like a lot of people add that line unnecessarily. Because it sounds all legal-speak and fancy. I bet you a million billion dollars that half the folks who’ve included that line don’t actually need it and their audience doesn’t actually care.
Now, delete. Simple as that. What else can you say in forty characters? Talk about that novel you’ve been working on, your favorite thing to blog about or why we should get in touch.
3. “I don’t autofollow”
I should hope you don’t autofollow. That’s the first thing.
The second thing: Is this really how you want to leave us? So many folks have these great bios and then end on a negative note by saying they maybe probably won’t follow us back.
Listen, following and not following and unfollowing and autofollowing is just part of the Twitter world. If I wanted to know HOW you use Twitter I would ask. I want to know why I should follow you, what you do, what you bring to the table. I couldn’t care less if you don’t follow every tweep that follows you.
4. Listing links
You are aware there’s a space on Twitter where you can post a link to your blog/website?
Even better is when folks know this, paste the link, then paste the link AGAIN in their bio. As if listing it twice will make us more likely to click.
Sometimes though, you have two places you’d like us to go. Then, and only then, are you allowed to post a link within the actual content (but I highly recommend you shorten it to save space).
Have more that two sites? Create separate accounts for your 12 other blogs and I promise you’ll get more out of Twitter.
Really? Why? Please, someone raise your hand if you actually search through Twitter bios using a hashtag.
That’s what I thought. Ditch the hashtags folks. They make you look like a newbie and make your entire bio hard to read Plus, that’s one extra character you don’t need to worry about. Trust me, these babies add up.
How about some really GREAT bios?!?
This all said, I always come across these brilliant, clever, funny, interesting bios every so often and I’ve started taking screenshots. Maybe I should turn this into a feature of what to do as opposed to bitching about what not to do?
Check out these two bios I just love:
Thoughts? Any bios you especially love and want to nominate?