Little Birdie Whispers In My Ear, Inspires New Twitter Profile Header
Some of my “friends” tell me it’s only natural that I should tweet, because I’m a little cuckoo. Hmm…
Thanks a lot.
I do have a Twitter account, and I’ve posted a little over 700 tweets to date.
What do I tweet about? Most of my tweets reference illustration, Photoshop resources, marketing, blogging, and social media. I try to post links that potential clients and fellow creatives and bloggers might find useful.
Every Twitter user has a profile with a header. The header includes a photo or logo, your real name, your Twitter name, a short bio (a max of 160 characters), your geographic location, and your website URL.
I just read a post about writing an effective Twitter bio. Here are a few excerpts:
Your bio is searchable within the Twittersphere, meaning you need to think carefully about keywords. It will show up in search engine results for your name, so it has to represent the true you. It’s also how you choose to present yourself to Twitter’s 230 million users, so it’s worth giving it some serious thought.
Your Twitter bio should position you as an expert in your field who serves a specific audience… The objective is to position your personal brand so you’re using the right keywords and clearly showing what your focus is so people read it and know exactly what you do and whom you serve.
Carefully consider what topics you’d like to be discoverable under, as you never know who might be searching for just those subjects… you’re telling the world why they should follow you. Why you’re important.
Here’s what it looks like on Twitter’s default background. A lot easier to read, but that’s a pretty dull backdrop for an artist, despite my pretty face… : )
I was already thinking ahead to a new image when I wrote the bit about illustration capturing short attention spans. Illustration– especially one with just the right amount
of humor– gets your attention.
People click past a solid block of text. They also click past clip art or stock photos, because they know instinctively that they’re looking at filler. But they’ll stop for an amusing custom illustration– and there’s a good chance they’ll stay long enough to read some of the text that goes with it.
I decided to use my little stopwatch men to make a new Twitter header image (I cloned the middle guy). The key to making it readable was to add some dark blue gradated color (Twitter header text is only available in “white”).
My Twitter account is tied to my Facebook page. You’ll know when I post new work or work in progress to Facebook, because there’s always a corresponding tweet.
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Are you a Twitter person? If so, what do you tweet about?
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