Twitter gives you one page to convince potential followers that you are a valuable resource. Your Twitter profile is your first impression, and as we all know, first impressions count. Of course, the quality of tweets will ultimately determine your ongoing follower count, but people will never see those quality tweets if they don’t follow you in the first place. A slick, informative and engaging Twitter profile can really make all the difference. Here are five education Twitter profiles that exemplify the finer points of profile perfection on Twitter.
Education Twitter Profile Breakdown
1. Profile Picture
There are a number of options when choosing your profile picture. Logo, face, family, action shot, etc. It has been shown that a nice clear picture of your own face is the best for attracting followers. @web20classroom has the perfect example of a well done profile pic. It is clear, well lit, high resolution with a good genuine smile. Think about the profile pics you like and try to work something similar.
2. Bio Information
Your bio information is limited to 160 characters, but that does not mean you have to use every one of them. Try and use as many characters as you need to give a brief and likeable summary of yourself. @SarahWessling has a great bio that is short, concise and shows diversity and achievements. Also, if you have a blog or site link, make sure to promote it in your Twitter bio. Remember to keep it fun.
3. Background Image
A custom background is great if you have a nice, clear, well-made image. If you don’t have this, don’t put a up any old background for the sake of it. The Twitter pre-made designs all look great and keep your profile looking professional. It is important that your background is not too busy and doesn’t distract from the page content (your Tweets). @SkypeClassroom is a nice example of keeping it simple and neat.
4. Use The Space
As mentioned before, Twitter gives you one page to promote yourself. You need to make the most of that one page and one way many users are doing this is by including info in their page background. @Intelinvolved has links to their parent Twitter account, blog and social media links in the right hand side of the background image. This is a good way to make visitors aware of your other content channels.
5. Enhanced Profile Pages
Enhanced profile pages are a feature Twitter introduced late last year for a small selection of brands. The enhanced pages let users include a header image, feature Tweets and also provide a more consitent experience across mobile devices. @DisneyPixar is one of the few accounts with the enhanced profile page implemented. You can see the subtle differences between a standard and an enhanced profile. Twitter plans to roll out enhanced pages to all users over coming months.
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What are the features you look for in a good education Twitter profile? Share the best and/or worst profiles in the comments and let’s see the how they rate.