Twitter: Creating Your Bio

by Julie on April 10, 2009

whoareyou1…in 160 characters. Seriously – that’s all Twitter gives you. When you sign up, you’ll go to the Settings page, and under Account, you will be asked for your ‘One line bio.’ This bio, your picture and your most recent tweets are all that people have to judge you by when they discover you on Twitter.

It’s your tiny little spotlight to be unique, authentic, descriptive, comprehensive, intriguing.

Can you define yourself in 160 characters? Not words, not even letters – but characters which includes spaces. Each character is precious. You must choose wisely.

Ask yourself some questions:

  • Why are you on Twitter?
  • What do you want people to know about you?
  • What don’t you want people to know about you?
  • Is this business or personal?
  • Are you serious or hilarious, poetic or snarky?
  • Have you won any awards you’d like to share?
  • Have you been published anywhere of note?
  • And degrees worth telling us about?

Make some lists by answering these questions – and then pick the best words for the bio.

If you write an actual sentence for your one liner, make sure you got all of the info in around the superfluous words like, ‘the’ ‘a’ ‘and’ ‘is’…

I say you get the most bang for your buck by posting a list of as many things that describe you as possible. You’re casting your net of interest into the twitter pool  – so cast it wide.

Writer, mom, chef, duck hunter, gym teacher, novel reader, badminton champ, pie eating contest aficionado.

versus

I’m a parent who loves to cook and write. Sports are also my thing and I’ve won some awards for my efforts.

See? Who do you want to follow?

And remember – you can always go in and change your bio whenever you want. Keep it current.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Melissa April 14, 2009 at 5:37 pm

Thanks for the Bio information. I’m now going to go in and make some changes to my own Bio.

2 Mark Sherrick April 14, 2009 at 6:16 pm

I had an issue with my bio and trying to make it a sentance. I’m sort of happy with the way it is now, but i think it can always use some work. Great post. 🙂

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