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Aug

24

2017

28 Funny Twitter Bios to Brighten Your Day

Perhaps one of the most challenging parts of making an impact on social media is coming up with something profound in 140 characters. That’s right; I’m talking about the tweet.

A tweet is short, sweet, and to the point. And crafting one often leaves us staring blankly at that little blinking cursor, hoping for a way to rephrase the tweet to let up some characters for an image, a link, or that ever-essential hashtag.

Unsurprisingly, a Twitter bio is equally challenging. You mean to tell me that I have 160 characters (thanks for the extra 20?) to explain to the Twittersphere who I am, what I do, and why my Twitter is worth following?Click here to learn how to grow your network and become an influencer in your  industry.

It might not seem like a big deal, but keep this in mind: Your bio is one the main things people use to decide whether or not to follow you on Twitter — so what you write in your Twitter bio needs to count.

Today, we’re taking a moment to highlight some of the most amusing and entertaining bios we could find. We’ve scoured far and wide and am proud to present to you with 28 of the funniest bios — from real people, beloved brands, and fictitious characters that pepper the Twittersphere.

28 of the Funniest Twitter Bios We Could Find

1) @TheMikeTrainor

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Why we’re amused:

Comedian and writer Mike Trainor makes my inner seven-year-old want to ask him to pull my finger. Also, imagining Mr. Trainor saying, “He who smelt it,” while looking as dapper as he does in his profile picture is a little slice of added amusement. Plus, we can’t help but love this bio’s self-deprecation, in its allusion to the fact that one of his shows is “still airing somehow.”

2) @UberFacts

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Why we’re amused:

UberFacts fills our brains with seemingly unnecessary information all day, every day. Though with the rise of popularity in bar-hosted trivia nights and games like Trivia Crack, I wouldn’t say we’ll never need to know things like this:

3) @NelsonFranklin

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Why we’re amused:

I [verb describing feelings of having a strong liking for] this. American actor Nelson Franklin gets us. We’ve seen enough “Actor/Entertainer/Jazz Pianist” Twitter bios — seriously.

Franklin took it upon himself to create a bio that not only asks his followers to test out their imaginations, but one which will also withstand the test of time. I mean, no matter what Nelson Franklin becomes in life, “Noun/noun/noun” is likely to be pretty accurate.

4) @mikeindustries

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Why we’re amused:

Mike Davidson, former VP of Design at Twitter, is a connoisseur of sorts — and while he has an impressive background, we do enjoy his present credential of, “Currently chillin’.”

We also can’t help but wonder: Does the Twitter bio 160 character limit have to do with the aesthetics of a Twitter page’s design? Is Mike Davidson to blame?

5) @JamieAmacher

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Why we’re amused:

Some people aim to save neglected pets. Jamie Amacher aims to save neglected houseplants. Buffalo, NY resident (and coworker of mine at Mainstreethost), Amacher knows the importance of keeping plants alive indoors — especially since, here in the Northeast U.S., we don’t get to see much plant life outside during winter.

I must say, it’s a noble act; sacrificing a Twitter bio front-loaded with accomplishments. for the sake of our forgetful nature and thirsty houseplants.

6) @sixthformpoet

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Why we’re amused:

Like a homeless individual asking me for beer money, I can respect this. The mysterious Sixth Form Poet is an author (as she or he is quick to remind us) of the book The Sixth Form Poet, and offers up this Twitter handle on the book’s cover as authorship. The Sixth Form Poet has attracted 143k fans to date, which is fitting, considering this 2013 tweet:

7) @Lord_Voldemort7

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Why we’re amused:

Harry Potter fans, rejoice — or cower in fear. He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named has a Twitter, and he’s not afraid to share his truth — in the form of a clever use of Christina Perri lyrics.

8) @shelbyfero

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Why we’re amused:

As we mentioned above, we always appreciate a bit of tasteful self-deprecating humor, and Shelby Fero gives us just that in her Twitter bio. Though, according to HiTFiX (and her impressive Twitter following of 122k), it seems that people are crazy about her — at the very least, on Twitter. And, if you’re curious about her work, she’s also conveniently included a link to Google search her instead of providing a website.

9) @KevinSpacey

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Why we’re amused:

Huh. Well, whoever he is, we wish him the best of luck on his creative endeavor.

10) @sweetestsara

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Why we’re amused:

Sara Rubin is a video producer at BuzzFeed. You can thank her in part for many of the fantastic BuzzFeed videos you see circulating around social media and love are obsessed with. If you’ve seen any of the videos in which she’s, you know she’s an overall lovable and whimsical character — not to mention, hilariously awkward and anxious, like a good handful of us.

Her Twitter bio is just as imaginative and adds a touch of fantasy that I think provides a welcomed breather from some of the more serious Twitter bios out there.

11) @JohnCleese

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Why we’re amused:

John Cleese is an English writer, actor and tall person (according to his website). As he is also a comedian, we’re allowed to find it incredibly humorous that he mentions in his Twitter bio that he’s still alive, contrary to rumor. Plus, he’s doing “the silly walk” in his app, and we invite you to see for yourself just how silly it is. (Monty Python fans, rejoice.)

12 & 13) @arnettwill & @batemanjason

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Why we’re amused:

First off, it’s clear to me that BFF Twitter bios are the BFF necklace of 2017. Actors Will Arnett and Jason Bateman wear their BFF-dom proud for all of the Twitterland to see — but it’s not the first time they’ve taken their affinity for one another to the public eye. In 2013, they were seen strolling down the street on a sunny afternoon in 2013 while having some fun with the nearby paparazzi:

14 & 15) @AlisonLeiby & @alyssawolff

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Why we’re amused:

In a similar fashion, writers Alison Leiby and Alyssa Wolff have obviously made a BFF pact to dedicate their Twitter bios to one another. Again — we approve.

16) @Lesdoggg

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Why we’re amused:

What do we love about comedian Leslie Jones’ Twitter bio? It’s simple and to the point. Plus, we can’t help but snicker at the humor in its simplicity — she lets us know about her line of work, without any jokes. That’s okay; luckily, her on-screen work and actual tweets provide plenty of hilarious fodder.

17) @shondarhimes

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Why we’re amused:

For many of us, Shonda Rhimes is a legend — and our Thursday nights would be so much less interesting without her. She’s the writer behind such hit shows as “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal,” and yes: People love to tweet their plotline opinions to her. She stops that madness with a concise, funny quip in her bio: “It’s not real, okay?” Yes, Ms. Rhimes.

18) @aparnapkin

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Why we’re amused:

Comedian Aparna Nancherla’s Twitter handle (@aparnapkin) is seemingly a play on her name, which is silly enough. Based on her bio I’d be willing to guess that her Twitter feed is equally as amusing.

That assumption is backed up by TIME, as her feed was named one of The 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2014. Out of about 328 million monthly active users on Twitter, that ain’t too shabby – she’s definitely considered a comedian in this culture, if I had to guess.

19) @notzuckerberg

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Why we’re amused:

In case you haven’t already guessed, this is NOT Mark Zuckerberg. But that doesn’t stop @notzuckerberg (a.k.a., Twitter user @afterthatsummer) from tweeting as if (s)he were the “Zuck.”

The fake Mark Zuckerberg is pretty funny, as proven by his Twitter bio and tweets like this:

Touché, fake Zuck. Touché.

20) @AnnaKendrick47

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Why we’re amused:

We’ve always been rather amused by Anna Kendrick’s self-deprecating humor in general. Take, for example, this pinned tweet:

Plus, we love the location she listed. (Same here, Ms. Kendrick.)

21) @FirstWorldPains

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This account pokes fun at “first world problems,” where people complain about things that really don’t matter in the grand scheme of things: cold French fries, getting the wrong coffee, a cell phone dying, or — as @FirstWorldPains mentions in its bio — the absolutely terrible moment when you really, really want to write a good online bio, but can’t think of anything. #worstdayofmylife

22) @Charmin

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Why we’re amused:

Charmin, as we know, sells toilet paper. We’re all adults here, and we all know what it’s used for. Charmin’s Twitter bio is entertaining because, considering its industry, the brand gets the awkwardness out of the way immediately, letting us all know that, hey, quality toilet paper is a good thing … and a good bathroom trip — or, “the go,” as it’s called here — should be enjoyed.

Plus, who doesn’t enjoy a good, TP-related riddle?

23) @ComedyCentral

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Why we’re amused:

Because we see what you did there, Comedy Central. Also, this:

For some of us, cheese is always the answer, no matter what the problem.

24) @YourAwayMessage

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Why we’re amused:

Are we the only ones who remember the days of AOL Instant Messenger, a.k.a., AIM? Think back, if you can, to a time before Slack, Twitter, and even Facebook — and maybe, just maybe, it’ll all come back to you.

If looking at this bio (and its accompanying profile image) gives you an overwhelming feeling of nostalgia, then you already know why it’s amusing. Remember AIM profiles? And sub-profiles? And away messages? Or the sound of that creaky door opening when your ~*cRuSh*~ signed on?

Also, the location being “the den” is on point. If this doesn’t hit home for you, view this BuzzFeed article, or move on to the next!

25) @TheEllenShow

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Why we’re amused:

Ellen DeGeneres entertains us on social media, television, real life, etc. She’s just plain amusing. So it should come as no surprise that her actual bio on Twitter is pretty darn amusing. According to her bio, she has a second job as an ice road trucker — hmm — and her tweets are both real, and spectacular. Well, she’s not lying about her tweets. After all, see below. So, what does that tell us about her second job? We buy it.

26) @tomhanks

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Why we’re amused:

Fame didn’t get to Tom Hanks’ head. He’s a normal person, just like you and I, having issues with fluctuating weight. Sometimes, he gains people’s approval — and other times, not so much. To that, we say, “Tweet on, Tom.”

27) @FranksRedHot

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Why we’re amused:

If you’re as big a fan of Frank’s RedHot as we are, then you know how easy it to actually but that — ahem — [stuff] on everything. Of course, as marketers, we agree that the brand might as well put it on Twitter, too.

28) @popchips

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Why we’re amused:

We wish eating popchips was in our job descriptions — since, when they’re around, we certainly eat them like it’s part of our collective responsibilities.

Find Your Twitter Humor

It’s true — exercising humor while also tweeting as a responsible business is often a fine line to walk. But as these examples show, it’s possible to be both self-deprecating and funny on social media, as long as it aligns with your brand.

And, as always, we’ll continue bringing you the latest news and tactics in conquering social media.

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Dec

17

2014

Human-to-Human Marketing: A Trend for 2015 and Beyond

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Imagine walking into your favorite coffee shop. It still looks and smells the same, but something is off.

As you approach the counter, ready to order the usual, it hits you – this place is being run by robots.

These particular robots don’t care that you’ve been coming there every day for the past six months, or that you’re lactose intolerant. They’re not interested in talking with you about your morning or giving you a little something extra because you’re a loyal customer and you deserve it.

Nope, these robots were programmed to do one thing and only thing only, and that’s get your money and give you a coffee back.

That sounds horrible, right? And yet, that’s how some businesses still operate. We, the consumers, are mere representations of data and revenue – numbers.

But we’re not numbers and they aren’t robots. So, what is the one thing that businesses and consumers ultimately have in common? We’re all 100%, completely, undeniably human.

Welcome to the Human Era

We live in a remarkable, revolutionary time where humans are more connected to technology than ever before. With technology comes the constant influx of information thrown at consumers from every which way on a daily basis. Out of necessity, we’re all learning to be selective.

This has, in turn, forced businesses to reevaluate their approach to marketing. Because, let’s face it: it doesn’t matter how many marketing dollars you spend, if your brand isn’t resonating with your audience, it’s money wasted.

With humans so attached to their technological counterparts, businesses must find ways to reconnect with consumers on each device and each social platform they use, but in a way that enables those consumers to actually feel connected to the business on a more human level than was previously ever required.

As opposed to the Industrial Era where big businesses cast a shadow on their audience with power, authority, and demanded respect, the Human Era urges businesses to be a peer instead of a superior. Only by individualizing an audience and building authentic connections will a business thrive in the Human Era.

After all, just because consumers are so connected to their devices doesn’t mean they’ve stopped craving human experiences and interactions.

Human Era Brands

In 2013, advertising agency, Hill Holliday, and brand strategy consulting firm, Lippincott, released the “Welcome to the Human Era” report, which evaluates brands and separates those that are Human Era brands as opposed to Industrial Era. What exactly does it mean to be a Human Era brand? According to the report,

“Being a Human Era brand goes beyond merely saying that one is more “human.” It requires an authentic story delivered consistently through an inspiring experience. It requires hard work — establishing organizational values and commitments that are customer driven, while also driving them toward daily leadership decision-making and employee behaviors.”

Those brands who fit the Human Era brand mold are creatively paving the way for a new world of marketing that sparks an emotional connection with the audience.

Perhaps not by coincidence, Lippincott’s brand refresh for Southwest Airlines fits right into this mold. The refresh is exemplified in the 30-second ad spot below explaining that the airline’s people are its greatest fuel, and ending the ad simply in reference to the plane (maybe even the business as a whole) with, “Without a heart, it’s just a machine.”

Taking it behind the scenes in the video below, Kevin Krone, VP and Chief Marketing Officer, explains what Southwest’s “heart” is and why they’ve incorporated their heart symbol in the design of their planes and in everything they do as a brand.

By now, I’m sure you know what was missing in that coffee shop from before: an emotional connection. There was no heart in that business or the experience you were presented with (or lack thereof). There was no trace of an emotional connection. You didn’t smile or laugh; you were met with a faceless, emotionless machine. That is the exact feeling that human-to-human marketing aims to eliminate.

What are some vital qualities of a humanized brand?

They’re personal

Integrating super personalized marketing into your strategy is a way for your business to say, “I’m listening. I know what you want, I know what you need, and I know what you enjoy.” The more your business shows this to a customer or prospect, the more likely they will be to connect with you and become a promoter of your business.

I was personally tickled to receive this email from Pet Supplies Plus after a visit into their local location in Buffalo, NY last month. They asked me to take a survey, which also means they really care about my experiences in-store. Way to go, Pet Supplies Plus!

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Personalized marketing takes a tremendous amount of planning, strategizing, and following through, but there are amazing marketing automation tools out there developed to help marketers get personal with ease! Oh, the times we live in.

They’re conversational

Actually engaging with your audience on social media must be a serious part of your customer service arsenal. By interacting at eye-level, where your audience frequents, they can see you as just another person trying to help them out, reaching out just to connect, or just to say, “Thanks for your support!.”

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They’re empathetic

Perhaps no characteristic is more refreshing than being empathetic toward your customers’ lives and struggles. There’s no better feeling than seeing a commercial or post in any of your social feeds that just makes you say, “[So-and-so company] really gets me.”

Hill Holliday’s campaign for LG, “Mom Confessions,” shows the inner thoughts of a humorously cynical mom. Acknowledging that moms often have that inner dialogue when doing the often daunting tasks that are essentially the glue holding a household together is something I’m sure most moms can appreciate.

However, you don’t have to be humorous to show customer empathy. Understand your audience well and understand the problems they face. Then integrate that understanding into your advertising, social media posts, blogs, etc. Just show them you care, and that no one in this world goes through anything alone.

They’re inspirational

Humans want to feel inspired to be themselves, to make their lives better, to strive for success. The brands that forego bragging about how their products and services will change your life for campaigns that just move you to feel inspired are the brands that truly shine to their audience.

Not surprisingly, Dove is one of those brands. The ongoing Dove Campaign for Real Beauty launched by Uniliver has a mission to “create a world where beauty is a source of confidence and not anxiety.”

With the same goals, Under Armour’s I Will What I Want” campaign featured ballerina Misty Copeland, who didn’t “fit the mold” as a ballerina. This was explicitly expressed in a “Thanks, but no thanks” letter denying her application to a ballet academy, but that didn’t stop her from demanding respect in her sport as a ballerina. The advertisement (below) is goose-bump inducing, to say the least.

The purpose behind the “I Will What I Want” campaign is simple; “It’s a reminder that you don’t need permission, advice or affirmation when you have WILL. It’s a celebration of who you are. As an athlete. As a woman…And there’s one reason you are where you are today. That reason is you.”

They solve problems

A wise man once said, “Humans don’t buy from companies; humans buy from humans, so solving for humans is every smart company’s primary goal.” 

That man was Dharmesh Shah, co-founder of HubSpot. He’s had massive success creating an educational and efficient marketing automation software company to help further the inbound marketing methodology, so it would be wise to take his advice.

Problems come in many forms and sizes, but perhaps your most important job is to fix them. Help consumers use your products, help by answering a question or alleviating an issue they’ve expressed they’re having – regardless of the time of day or night. This post gives you eight incredibly helpful ways to ways to solve your prospects problems through your marketing, and is definitely worth a read if you’d like some specifics.

They’re humorous

Humor is one emotion that has the power to really win over your audience. Humor is a completely human attribute and it elicits joy and happiness, and is honestly quite addictive. Integrate it into your marketing effectively and your audience will be coming back for more, guaranteed.

BuzzFeed, is one of my favorite online media destinations. Why? They just get it! They understand the way we consume information, and they especially get it when it comes to humor. They know how their audience operates, they know their personas well and they know what they think is important or funny. With that knowledge, they create amazing media and blast it to any social channel where their audience can be found.

Everyone with a dog can probably relate to this BuzzFeedVideo video: 

They make mistakes

Humans make mistakes, so don’t be afraid if your business does. DiGiorno Pizza made a big mistake with their real-time marketing by hopping on the trending #WhyIStayed hashtag with what was declared the absolute worst brand tweet of 2014. Not realizing that after the controversial domestic violence incident with then-Baltimore Raven’s player, Ray Rice, the hashtag was trending because women were voicing their stories about why they stayed, or didn’t stay, in an abusive relationship.

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Source: Adweek

DiGiorno quickly removed the tweet, but didn’t cower in fear of the repercussions of it. They personalized a tweet to many of the obviously offended Twitter users expressing how truly sorry they were and that there was no excuse for the mistake.

Human brands make mistakes, and human brands say they’re sorry. No human or brand is perfect, but showing remorse for any offensive mistake can certainly garner respect and nurse some wounds.

They’re authentic

I asked my Dad to think of a business he liked and trusted, and to tell me what that business did to earn his trust.

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This is a man that couldn’t really care less about social media or fancy marketing ploys. He hears out a brand’s promise and expects them to follow through. He wants a brand to care about his investment in their business as much as he does, and he wants to be treated like a human, by humans.

Humans aren’t easily fooled anymore, and if you’re hiding something from your consumers or stretching the truth of your story, they’ll quickly communicate their findings through their connected self and you’ll be exposed to the audience of their own personal brand.

Be authentic to your message. If what you’re telling is true, you won’t have to hide behind the walls of your social media channels. Moreover, transparency is one of the largest trustworthy attributes of any business; in a world where corporate trust has been depleting, transparency and authenticity will give you a trusting edge against your less open and honest competition.

They have a story

Perhaps one of the most prominent buzzwords of recent years, storytelling is still a fundamental piece of the human experience puzzle.

Humans have preconceived ideas about their world – stories we tell ourselves. Brands and businesses have to find a way to fit into those stories or add to them. That’s why the development of buyer personas is so crucial. If you don’t know the beliefs, wants, and needs of your audience, how can you know that the content you’re presenting them is relevant at all?

Humans want to experience a business and building a story around your products and services will help them experience you. I absolutely love Seth Godin’s novel first published in 2005 as All Marketers Are Liars with a revised cover in 2009, All Marketers Are Liars Tell Stories. Seth explains that conversations are had and stories are told about your business with or without you. So why not create a great story and experience and let that be what spreads?

They live their story 

The best way to ensure that your good story remains true is to introduce a company culture that reflects it. Humanizing your brand starts from the inside and works its way out. Live your story, and you’ll radiate it. 

In 2013, Trader Joe’s was America’s favorite grocery store according to a Market Force study. Many special and unique characteristics of the beloved grocery store attract customers and keep them coming back for more, including personalized in-store signage made by employees, new and exotic items you can’t find anywhere else, super punny product names, and more.

According to Adrian Weidmann, principal of StoreStream Metrics, in an online discussion about the study’s results, “When you go to Trader Joe’s, you are experiencing a ‘story’…Trader Joe’s is a brand that is very good at storytelling and bringing that story to life. The ‘typical’ grocery story is merely a clean warehouse.”

Another great example we’re all familiar with is Amazon who aims to be “Earth’s most customer-centric company.” Often keeping a chair open at meetings where the customers “sits,” Amazon is truly living out their mission every day. In the words of founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, “We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and we are the hosts.”

I’ll leave you with this quote via Seth Godin and you’ll know what to do from here:

“So the challenge you face is now clear. You must have a consistent, authentic story that is framed in terms of the worldview of the person you’re telling the story to. Your story must be robust and honest and transparent and you have to be prepared to live it out loud.”

Stay human, businesses.

The first step towards becoming a more human business is to understand the humans of your target audience. Download our guide to creating buyer personas to start understanding and targeting your audience more effectively.

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Sep

11

2014

Do You Know Jack? How to Delight Your Most Important Marketing Asset

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