Twitter is one of the most used places on the web, but it’s also one of the most misused. It’s hard to imagine that the same place you can get your news is the same place someone is saying “Just a burg nah finna pik up da kids,” but it happens. However, you don’t have to be that person. Your Twitter account can open doors of opportunity you didn’t even know existed, and it can do so without making you seem like some bland nutjob trapped in a cubicle.
The first thing to accurately portray yourself on this social media site is your photo. It’s the first thing everyone looks for when they search for you, so make it look nice. This means no solo cups, no “blunts” or cigarettes, no gang signs and no middle fingers- just keep your hands out of the picture to be safe. Given that it’s the first thing a future employer will see, you want your photo to look professional. Therefore, make sure your hair is out of your face, smile and dress appropriately (i.e. no peeking bra straps or dramatically low-cut tops, pull up your pants and lengthen your skirts). You’re also going to want to make sure the individual looking at your photo can see your face, so it’s best to take the photo from the bust up. Now, if you want to add some flavor to your profile you should make sure to include a header- that’s the big photo that will go behind your profile picture. Make sure the photo represents your interests and future endeavors. For example, I’d like to be a writer for Cosmo, so my header could either be a Cosmo magazine cover or something pertaining to beauty or fashion. Just don’t make it anything too confusing, you want the viewer to be able to tie your header in with your bio and tweets. Having a header that says you’re interested in fashion and a bio that’s about your singing career can be a bit misleading.
Now for the tweets, which is honestly what Twitter is all about. Your tweets say a lot about you, whether you want them to or not, so handle with care. Just imagine that the Twitter symbol, a bird, is like a stork that brings your tweet babies to the world. You don’t want your tweet babies perverted by foul language or uncensored images, so don’t send tweets with either. If you went out with friends and did some unmentionable things, store it in the back of your mind not on your social media. Another aspect of tweeting is how you tweet, which ties into your presence. You’re not going to tweet anything perverse, but you are going tweet. When you do they need to portray your interests and some of your opinions. If you hear about a new bill and you have an opinion, as long as it’s grounded in reason, tweet about it. If you see someone post something that interest you, retweet it or reply to it. Favoriting a tweet is good too. So if you honestly have no reply to the post, but you’d still like to show your approval go ahead and press the star. It shows the tweeter that you heard what they had to say and you understand, even if you don’t agree. Be cautious however, because anyone who looks at your tweets will be able to see the ones you have retreated and favorite.
Twitter can be a lot of fun, and be the start to a new career when used wisely. However it can get a little tricky, so here are a few acceptable Twitter accounts to use as templates for your own. You will see that each of the provide their opinions on different articles without sounding bland. They also have appropriate photos for their profile picture, portraying who they are and allowing potential employers to identify them. In addition, their headers are professional- the lack of a header doesn’t take away from the profile. Their tweets are also related to who they are, showing their personality, without showing their personal lives. They are the perfect candidates for a job position in their field.
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