Want More Twitter Followers? Here’s How
The first contact anyone has with your twitter profile is your bio. If someone RT’s you, #FF’s or is browsing through their recent followers, the first thing folks do is check out your profile and they make a snap judgement to follow you or not.
Your bio is the most important. You have 160 characters to convince me to allow you to communicate. What’s unique? Father, cyclist and citizen of the universe doesn’t give me enough information unless your a cycling advocate or you own a bike shop. Be specific, even if this account’s prime purpose is business. At an event, business or not, one of the first questions folks ask is “What do you do?”. You only have 160 characters so good grammar is not necessary. A few phrases strung together in a logical way will communicate who you are effectivly.
Your icon should be a recent photo unless the account is for an organization. A professional headshot is the best. If it’s a casual photo, ensure it’s high quality, so be careful if you crop it from a larger image.
The next most import image is your header. (the 1252×626 image behind your icon/photo) A picture is worth a thousand words. Use one of your photographs or purchase an image from a stock image website. You need to own the rights to the photo to use it in your profile.
The third opportunity is the theme .. the background for the profile. There are a number of sites that provide free theme images. The header is more important than the theme, your eye is drawn to the icon, theme and bio first.
Don’t connect your twitter account to facebook. It’s a different audience and your 140 character tweets get lost in the facebook landscape.
Taking the time necessary to build a strong profile will result in more folks clicking on the follow button.
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