I’ve been cleaning up my twitter profile to really know who I’m following. I think the process is going to take a few days to get it where I want it to be, but once I get there I think it will be an even more engaging experience for me.
There’s one thing I see as I go through this cleaning process. It’s really simple actually and can make a huge difference in how people engage with you.
Fill out your profile. THE WHOLE THING!!!
It’s not that hard.
There are on five areas that you need info for and it will only take you a few minutes to complete.
Your Name… that’s a given. Most people do this one well. Put your real name. It will be easier for your friends to use google to see if you’re on twitter.
Location… Easy. Put the city you live in. City and state. If you don’t want to put your city and state, make up something funny. It’s ok. You can do it.
Website… If you have a blog or a website of some sort. Put this here. It’s a great place to drive traffic to your site. If all you have is facebook, then put it here. If you have none of the above, just put in your twitter address. I know… it seems redundant but twitter suggests it and what could it hurt right?
Bio… again, easy. All they want is something less than 160 characters. It can be words that describe you or again.. something funny works too. Put whatever you want in there but take time to fill it out.
Photo… Anytime someone follows me and they don’t’ have a photo in their profile, I wont’ follow them back. I want to see who you are or what you represent. If you don’t like the way you look then put up a photo you do like. Just put something.
Why is all of this important?
Because most twitter users view a completed profile as a real person or a real brand trying to engage us online. When someone follows me (and if i get a chance) I will look at their profile and make a decision if I want to follow them or not. If there’s no picture, I move on. I won’t follow without a picture. If they have filled out their whole profile, then it gives me a quick glance as to who they are and the decision is much easier. If there is no information in their profile, again, I won’t follow. You probably look like spam to me and probably are spam.
But what if this is you and you aren’t spam? Then take a few minutes and fill out your profile. It makes a huge difference to those of us who hang out on twitter.
Also… did you know you can capitalize letters in your screen name? SpenceSmith looks better than spencesmith in my eyes. It helps make your name stand out just a tad.
For those of you who are on twitter, how do you view incomplete profiles? Does it matter to you?Google+