Best Twitter Bios – What are they doing right?

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Having one of the best Twitter bios, or even a good Twitter bio can really help you stand out on Twitter.

There are approximately 1 billion users on Twitter sending nearly 6000 tweets per second.

So you need to stand out.

But you knew that already, right? So how do you do that, you are probably thinking?

Aside from waving a huge flag from the top of the Empire State Building. the easiest way is to take note of the best Twitter bios out there. Then, make yours one of them.

It might sound like a difficult task, but I have already done the research for you.

So just sit back, relax and learn what you need to do… (Hint: It is actually quite easy)

Good Twitter Bios and Twitter Bio Ideas

There are certain things you should put in your Twitter Bio: if you want people to follow you.

Your future followers want to know what you do, what your Twitter account is all about, and what kinds of tweets you will be posting.

So how do the good Twitter bios accomplish that? Let’s take a look at the fundamentals.

What you should include in a great Twitter bio:

  • Business keywords (you want to be known and ranked for)
  • Main interests or passions (also as keywords)
  • What you will tweet about (if it is not already clear)
  • Related Twitter accounts or Website URLs (Twitter gives you only one website address field)
  • Notable achievements (if they are relevant to your Twitter account aims)
  • Keep it short and sweet (you only have 160 characters)
  • Add a touch of YOU (but just a touch, usually at the end, perhaps something witty or personal)

Remember what your goal is: connecting with like minded people on Twitter. Individuals with the same interests, passions or jobs. The rest can wait until you get to know someone.

If your Twitter account is for fun, then go ahead and add irrelevant stuff, but if you are using it professionally, treat it like a business card. Because on Twitter, it is!

After all, imagine I see your bio and have to make a split second decision (yes my time is that important – and so is yours). Will I see anything on your Twitter bio I care about?

Things to avoid in your Twitter bio

While we are on the topic of what to include in your Twitter bio. let’s look at the opposite: what you should avoid.

The problem many people have with their Twitter Bios is either, they don’t not what to write, or they don’t keep the purpose of the bio in mind .

Sure it’s cool to be funny, write about your dog, or tell us you love chocolate, but will I follow you for those reasons? If you are blogging about dogs or chocolate – then great, otherwise…

If you must add such things, which are actually ok in limited amounts, then put them towards the end. Why? Well, I might make my decision not to follow you long before that. So better be safe than follower-less.

Aside from not filling your bio up with irrelevant information, what are some of the other unhelpful things people put in their bios?

What to avoid in a good Twitter Bio:

  • Quotes (sure they are nice – but am I supposed to guess what you do from a quote?)
  • Swear/Curse words (goes without saying I suppose)
  • Hashtags (it just makes your bio harder to read – and it doesn’t help you get found. Just use the word instead. It works. Trust me.)
  • Useless labels (guru, maven, expert, ninja, leader of the first world – unless it’s a funny personal bio of course)
  • Selling me something (some pros do that, but they have enough followers I guess. For the rest of us, it is just annoying)
  • Writing “thoughts are my own” (we know that already)
  • Your family tree (you can throw in personal info, but just a little bit, and preferably at the end. I know you love your family, but unless you are blogging about kids or relationships, it does not really help your cause)

If you want even more ideas of what not to put in your bio, here is a useful list from media bistro.com.

Please keep in mind, nothing is set in stone. What I am trying to accomplish here is to give you an idea of what works. What I have seen in the best Twitter bios. The ones from very successful people.

You may choose to ignore me and perhaps you will still get lots of followers  But if you are looking to hit the big leagues and connect with influential people, then keep reading.

Best Twitter Bios

We have covered what to put in your Twitter bio, and what to avoid. So now, let’s take a look at some of the best twitter bios I have found through my tireless searching (I had at least two coffees while writing this!).

These are some people I have on my influencers list. People who know what they are doing on Twitter. They range from people with a lot of followers, to people with an insane amount of  followers.

They are all bloggers or social media specialists (that is what I care about). Even if this is not you area, it gives you an idea how the pros approach writing their bios.

So let’s take a look at a random mix of awesome Twitter bios:

 

Rebekah Radice Twitter

 

Ron Sela Twitter Bio

 

Lisa Mason Twitter Bio

 

John Paul Aguiar Twitter Bio

 

Jeff Bullas twitter Bio

 

Michael Hyatt Twitter Bio

As you can see from the bios above, there is a pattern. They are concise, simply written, avoid unnecessary words and…they all follow the points I have highlighted earlier.

However, if you are still having trouble putting all the information you have into a 160 character bio:

  • write down in point form all the things you want to include
  • rank them from most important (for your Twitter account) to the least
  • check it is less then 160 characters (here is a word counter to help)
  • add a little personal touch (if you have space)

Other parts of your profile

The bio is only a small part of your Twitter profile, but it is perhaps the most important. That is why I have gone over this specifically above.

However, there are a number of other elements that make up the Twitter Profile, such as:

  • Profile Photo
  • Background Image
  • Website URL
  • Location

If you want some more information on these points, here is a helpful post I wrote on optimizing your twitter profile as a whole, It is definitely worth a look.

 

Clever Twitter Bios

Although I would not recommended taking any of the following bios seriously. it is fun to see what “creative” people there are on Twitter.

Your first port of all, if you are stuck for ridiculous ideas for your Twitter Bio, is the random Twitter Bio generator. Give it a try, just for fun! You certainly won’t be able to use it – unless you have a joke Twitter account.

Or, we can take a look at some of the bios that are often listed as the funniest, coolest or most clever Twitter bios in the Twittersphere.

Here are some examples of how funny and creative some people can be:

  • Serial Chips and Salsa eater
  • Self Proclaimed Media Ho
  • Living vicariously through myself
  • Please insert pretentious crap about myself here
  • I have not lost my mind – its backed up on disk somewhere
  • Unjudgemental Blogger Precautious Creative Optimistic Logical Curious Resourceful Musician Photographer Sailor Philosopher Universal Happy

If you want to see some others, here are some links to articles containing even more witty Twitter bios:

20 of the World’s Most Humorous Twitter Bios

7 Hilarious And Smart Twitter Bios To Check Out

Summary

Please take your Twitter bio seriously (unless you don’t care about Twitter, then head on over to Facebook now).

Snap decisions are being made as we speak on whether to follow you, and filling your bio with irrelevant info (especially at the front) is killing your chances.

Think about the aim of your Twitter account and make sure your bio attracts the right kind of people. That is, those you want to connect with.

Be honest with yourself, and be brutal.

In the end, you will benefit from it.

 

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