I say this all the time, but I love Twitter. It's still my favorite social network. To me, it has a very high signal to noise ratio, is FAST, and fun. It allows me to link and include content with ease, and is available at my desk or from my mobile devices with ease. I can sculpt the contents of my feed, and also create lists on certain subjects. I can watch a Tweetdeck screen and monitor a dozen feeds at the same time and conversate like no one's business. I love it.
I Tweeted a few weeks ago and mentioned some words to avoid at all costs in your Twitter bio. I feel like most people want to be taken seriously in Twitter, but then write their bio in such a way that it screams "Amateur", "Marketer/Spammer", or "Trying too hard". Sure, we all want to be clever in 160 characters to describe ourselves. But I must admit, the following words generally turn me off and don't motivate me to click the follow button:
- Social Media Anything
It's tough to describe yourself in 160 characters, but here are a few things that I've found I like to see in profiles:
- Something unique. One of my favorite Twitterites (aka @kikilitalien) has "I drink red wine and eat red meat" in her profile. That's genius. Original, funny, and assertive all wrapped up into one sentance.
- Be true to yourself. You're most likely not a sensei, unless you teach martial arts. What do you REALLY do? Describe that. Are you a carpenter? Say you're a carpenter, not a "Wood Wizard" or a "Jointery Jedi"
- Give up some professional and some personal. I follow interesting pros, and I follow interesting peeps. I love to see a mix of that in a profile so I get a picture of the person behind the profile.
- Pictures help. If I see an egg or o_O as your image, it screams "Noob!!!". I doubt that feed will be full of interesting things for me. Sure, it has potential, but unless you start engaging with me I probably won't follow back until I get an understanding of the flavor of your feed.
If you're not on Twitter, you're probably saying "What???". All I can say is "What are you waiting for, get on it!". It's a treasure trove of information and relationships waiting to be formed. Go to Twitter and set up an account now!
And a note to all of my followers - Thanks so much for finding my feed interesting enough to follow. Please hit me up and let's chat.
What do you think? Do you have a few profile turn ons or turn offs? Leave a comment and let me know what other bad buzzwords you've seen, or other genius profile additions.
Until next time - Garry. I mean - @DarthGarry