Article by Azreen Azmi
Azreen Azmi is a writer with a penchant for writing about content marketing and technology. From YouTube to Twitch, he tries to keep in touch with latest in content creation and finding out the best way to market your brand.
Twitter is probably one of the most powerful social media platforms today, but it also happens to be the hardest to use. Trying to come up with a profound message that’s impactful in 280 characters (thanks for the upgrade Twitter!) is not easy for most people.
More often than not, you’ll find writers, social marketers, and digital gurus, spend hours trying to craft a tweet that’s short, sweet, and straight to the point and still have enough space for an image, a link, or the all-important hashtags.
A Twitter bio is equally challenging, if not more so, considering you only have 160 characters to explain who you are, what you do, and why your Twitter is worth following.
Having a good Twitter bio might not seem that important, but here’s the thing: A Twitter bio can be one of the reasons to encourage people to follow you — like it or not, having an impactful Twitter bio is equally important.
In order to give you an idea of how you should craft your Twitter bio, we’ve compiled some of the most clever bios that we could find on the Twittersphere. Check out these awesomely written bios and hopefully, you’ll be inspired to write one just like them!
A Twitter bio can be a great space to give a brief resume or your career highlights and Mike Davidson, former VP of Design at Twitter, knows how to maximize the small space.
Davidson lists out the impressive places he worked at before which includes NBCNews, Disney and ESPN, but what grabbed our attention is his current credentials which is just “Chillin’”. It goes to show that even the former VP of Design at Twitter knows how to have fun with Twitter bios.
If you’re digging through the tips here at Webhostingsecretrevealed, then odds are you’re a proud geek. And in the Twitterverse, being a geek is something to be proud of, just like Carrie Brown did with her Twitter bio.
Brown proudly shows off her nerdy side by calling herself a “Total computer geek”, and is “Married to a computer” while raising “Two future computer geeks”.
It can be hard for a writer to stand out among the sea of would-be writers in Twitter but Candice Walsh managed to do just that with her Twitter bio. Walsh put the two things that she’s known for as the first line of her bio, which is being a travelling redhead and a great lover of books.
Of course, she still managed to include her day job as a Communications Coordinator for the Women’s Film Fest, along with their Twitter handle.
Social Media Manager Katie Kendall knows the importance of using hashtags in their bios and how to weave them in seamlessly. Her Twitter bio gives a quick rundown of who she is and what her interest are (being a cheese connoisseur and a Pinata Maker) while still adding a hashtag for being a lover of Tiki and a DIY enthusiast.
With the usage of hashtags, Kendall made her bio standout even more, especially when people search for those hashtags on Twitter.
Martin Bartels is another writer who managed to stand out with his unique bio. Apparently, Bartels is such a jack of all trades, he redefined himself enough times to become his own dictionary (which is a pretty cool way to describe oneself).
Despite being such a cool artistic person, Bartels is still friendly to his visitors by encouraging them to “stop by for a visit sometime”.
Humor can add personality to your Twitter bio and author Sixth Form Poet usage of self-deprecating humour is an excellent example of adding some laughs while still promoting who you are.
While his tweets and bio might be depressing, his Twitter account is anything but depressing which has over 100,000 followers.
According to his website, John Cleese is a writer, actor, and apparently, a really tall person. Of course, most people know his as a comedian and his Twitter bio shows his humour with the fact that he’s still alive, contrary to rumours.
He even managed to put in a line about his “silly walk” app and if you’re a Monty Python fan, it’s definitely worth a download!
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Will Arnett is a famous actor known for his gruff voice and portrayal of Batman in the successful Lego: Batman movie. But most importantly, he’s known for his close friendship with fellow actor Jason Bateman and apparently as his sponsor.
It’s a cute callback to their well-known friendship which started when they both worked in the critically acclaimed comedy series, Arrested Development.
Not to be outdone by his best friend, Jason Bateman also mentioned Arnett in his Twitter bio by writing that he’s a “Friend of Will Arnett’s”.
It’s a simple line that further strengthen their friendship while still showing off his comedy chops. Now, all we need is Joe Biden and Barack Obama doing the same thing to show off their close friendship!
Similar to Bateman and Arnett, writer and comedian Alison Leiby plays up her close friendship with comedian Alyssa Wolff on her Twitter bio by not only mentioning her but also claiming that she’ll be bringing the snack on their usual get-together.
She also didn’t forget to include her email as well, in case you need to ask her what type of snacks that they will be eating.
Alyssa Wolff’s nod to her BFF pact with Alison Leiby is much shorter and straight to the point. She mentions Leiby in her bio as her drinking buddy, whom she is having a drink with right now apparently. Both Wolff and Leiby are truly the friendship goals for all of us on Twitter!
Tim Siedell’s Twitter bio is what all of us hope to be able to do, which is to just give up everything and live our lives as a handsome (or beautiful) billionaire. Unfortunately, most of us are not billionaires and/or handsome.
We’re not sure if Siedell can really do both, but we sure do know that he has a great sense of humour.
The creator of the highly acclaimed series LOST knows how to write a succinct bio which encompasses his part as one of the show’s creators and how he doesn’t understand it either, just like the rest of us.
Damon Lindelof realized that most of his fans often question him about the show plots and storylines and pokes fun at himself by saying that he doesn’t know the story either, despite being the creator.
In today’s society, “first world problem” are a constant annoyance and this Twitter account pokes fun at all the little things that people tend to complain about: choosing which movie to rent, ordering the wrong drink, or writing a Twitter bio.
Writing a Twitter bio can be a pain (a first world pain if you will), and rather than banging their heads trying to figure out how to write a really, really good bio, they just went with the truth and admit that they can’t think of anything.
Leave it to Comedy Central, a network that’s about comedy, to make the bold claim of bringing Comedy to Twitter. It’s short, simple, and straight to the point. Keeping in line with their brand while still being humorous.
Similar to Comedy Central, Tyler Clark knows who he is and is not afraid to describe himself honestly. He realizes that he’s “not smart” but just “wears glasses”, but most importantly, he “stays positive”.
If you can’t think of ways to write a comprehensive bio, sometimes just a few keywords about yourself is enough.
Johnny Cupcakes is a popular Boston-based clothing brand and not a cupcake bakery, despite the name. With a name like Johnny Cupcakes, you can expect their Twitter account to be filled with wacky tweets that relate back to their apparel and style.
Their Twitter bio is a perfect example of the brand’s style of dry wit humour, which gave them a huge and active following.
Skittles knows who their target audiences are (middle school students or people with an affection for brightly coloured candies), and are not afraid to use words such as “awesomeness” to describe their Twitter bio.
Even though Skittles is a huge brand, they managed to put a bit of personality into their writing which is in line with their bright and colourful image.
Elon Musk is many things to many people, an innovator, a visionary, a cool billionaire, but to himself and on his Twitter bio, he’s just a “Hat Salesman”.
Of course, he’s more than that. Rather, Musk is currently working on a new project that introduces high-speed tunnels to urban cities and one of the project goals is to sell off hats to raise awareness. It’s a smart way to market his project while still being funny.
Victoria’s Secret knows who they are and what their audiences expect from them. Which is why their Twitter bio states that it’s the place where “Angels, Bombshells & the sexiest followers” can get all their daily dose of sexiness from the lingerie company.
Whether it’s in television, real life, or social media, Ellen DeGeneres is just plain amusing. So you can expect that her Twitter bio to be equally amusing and funny. Apparently, apart from being a comedian and the host of The Ellen Show, she also happens to be an ice road trucker.
We don’t if that’s true or not, one thing’s for sure, her tweets are definitely real and are truly spectacular.
Tom Hanks is definitely the “everyman” actor. Rather than writing himself a glamorous Twitter bio, Hanks is comically honest with the fact that sometimes he’s in good shape and sometimes he’s not.
Whether he’s in great shape or not, we still love Tom Hanks as one of the best actors around and for having a pretty darn good Twitter account.
Shonda Rhimes is the writer for the long-running drama series Grey’s Anatomy and just like Lindelof, she’s well aware of the craziness that comes with a television show.
People often tweet their opinion to her about the series’ plotline, which can be pretty darn annoying. She put a stop to all that by adding a real good quip in her bio: “It’s not real, okay?”. That’ll definitely shut the critics up!
Known for their irreverent commercials with actor/comedian Terry Crews, Old Spice’s Twitter bio has all the makings of a social media account that knows how to be funny while still being true to their brand.
A bio doesn’t have to be a super long description of yourself. Sometimes, all you need is just a few keywords to give people an idea of what you’re all about and for Old Spice, it’s all about “MUSCLES, SMELLS, LASERS, COUPONS, GIFS”.
If you can’t grab the audience’s attention in the first line of your bio, then you’re not doing it right. Melyssa Griffin’s Twitter bio is a great example of how the first line in your bio can be used to grab people’s attention.
By offering users a free workshop, Griffin managed to tell people about her work as a digital marketer while simultaneously including a link to her online course. Now that’s smart marketing right there!
Podcaster and digital guru Nathan Latka is known for his hardworking ethic, so it’s no surprise for us to learn that he runs on Nuclear Power.
Latka smartly adds in the important aspects of his career (CEO of TheTopInbox.com and a podcast with over 4.5 million downloads) and the links to his work so that audiences can have immediate access to them.
Social media experts Aaron Lee is familiar with the art of crafting the perfect Twitter bio. He highlights all the key points of who he in his bio, which is the current regional manager at AgoraPulse, he’s learning the art of cappuccino, and the fact that he’s an introvert with awesome hair.
Well Aaron, we definitely agree that you do have an awesome hair for an introvert!
Journalist and Buzzfeed foreign correspondent Max Seddon knows that humour is an integral part of a Twitter bio. Seddon’s homage to comedian Yakov Smirnoff does a great job of adding levity to his job as a reporter based in Russia, while still alluding the dangers that come with it.
Hopefully, Seddon doesn’t get reported on the news for his hilarious Twitter bio and tweets.
A lot of people tend to have an “online” personality or persona when it comes to creating a social media account, which is why it’s refreshing to have people like Jason Falls who adds a humanizing touch his social media account and Twitter bio.
Being a “father, author, speaker”, Falls writes his bio as is, with no pretension of being anyone else but himself. It’s that kind of down-to-earth attitude that makes for a unique Twitter bio.
Leave it to Kat Chow to write a Twitter that not only includes her accomplishment, her professional career, and her contact information, she also manages to take a swing at online trolls who often make fun of her name.
This goes to show that you can still market your brand and who you are on social media while taking down haters.
There’s a common theme throughout most of the bio we’ve listed above and it’s the fact that a lot of them are funny. Whether you’re a travel blogger or an online marketing guru, having a sense of humour about yourself can add that human touch to your brand and make you more relatable to your audience.
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