When creating a Twitter profile, there are enough bio do’s and don’ts to make your head spin. It’s amazing, really – especially considering how limited the space is. But the brevity of it is what makes it SO important to get right. Every word will stand out – so will every typo.
It’s kind of nerve-wracking to think about it that way, hmm?
Before you fret over word choice though, we have some (more) helpful info to cram in your overburdened mind – and this stuff is kind of fun. We’re going to show you some popular Twitter profile photo options, which you can copy, ignore, relate to or laugh at. It’s Friday after all, you deserve a little mindcation (vacation for your mind. Yes, some words should not be combined.)
The profile photo options we’re about to share with you aren’t of the “do” or don’t” variety, that is not for us to decide. We’re merely sharing popular photo choices, beyond the smiling face photos – and adding a bit of narrative around what we think each photo choice says about a person. We leave the decision to join their ranks (or not) entirely up to you!
Drinking coffee. These people mean business, gosh golly. They may not take the world seriously, but they want YOU to take THEM seriously. Their Twitter will consist mostly of @replies and short hipster-ish observations. They kind of hate Twitter and likely have an ADN account, but they don’t want to miss out, so they reluctantly lurk.
Half a face. Edgy? Check. Unpredictable? Check. Needs a life beyond social media? BINGO! Half-a-facers have something to hide, or imagine they do (paranoids). They struggle with boundaries and probably post too much about . . . everything. Follow them for interesting – and sometimes bizarre – tweets on a range of topics.
Looking to the side. What are they looking at! You don’t know, but you want to, right? They’re fun folks, these side-lookers – fun and full of whimsy, but they don’t reveal that part on their Twitter streams (they don’t need to, the photo says it all). Looking to the side is like saying “I’m a consultant of some variety, but I’m also approachable and friendly. Follow me.” Expect interesting, very niche tweets and social-savvy observations.
Holding camera in front of face. You would think this person was a photographer, but they’re often not. And sometimes it’s not even listed as a hobby! Don’t try to peg these people, man. They’re creative and they know stuff. That’s all you need to know for now. Expect many tweets – almost too many.
Looking down. Much like the side-lookers, these down-lookers beg the question: “WHAT is down there?!” They’re consultants too. Looking somewhere else was a “thing” for a while and has some staying power.
Avatar. This is the new “thing” you’ll see pros using on Twitter, but be warned: it’s also popular with brands, so you may be viewed as a “brand” and not a person. Some say it promotes engagement (the avatar, not being confused for a brand). It certainly helps you stand out from a sea of smiling faces. But if you look too much like popular TV characters, you may earn an unwanted nickname (like the guy I call Archer – who isn’t).
Holding or wearing a prop. If this person isn’t a comedian, know that it’s his/her secret shame. The wit shall flow continuously from these folks. Sometimes it will fall flat, but they’ll provide largely retweetable moments (depending on your audience). Expect to see “opinions my own” in their bios as they REALLY need this disclaimer.
Egg. These people either don’t quite “get” Twitter yet, or they think they’re too cool for school and refuse to conform . . . by keeping the same egg every other luddite sports on the microblogging platform. Follow them until they follow back so you can send a DM that says “boo and hiss” and then unfollow them so they can’t reply.
Laughing with friends. Happy people are always worth a follow, aren’t they? Their joy is contagious, inspirational even – and they’ll likely be sharing upbeat observations. But don’t let them into your heart, for they are often inconsistent tweeters and not long for the Twitterverse (the place were happiness goes to die).
Do you fit any of the above profiles? Any we should add to the list?
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