Last month, we showed you how to take care of your Facebook and clean it up for this summer when applying for internships and summer jobs. Now that you’re in the mood for social media spring cleaning, it’s the perfect time to spice up your Twitter account.
While not as many employers look at your Twitter feed, it’s always a good idea to clean it up. Twitter is a great way to make connections once you already have a job, so starting now is a great idea!
Starting off on the right foot!
If you already have a Twitter account where you talk about all your personal life, chat with friends, and post silly pictures, it may be a good idea to create a more professional Twitter. If you don’t want to make a new one, you can try and salvage your personal one. Either way, just follow some of these steps to make it overall better.
Like with Facebook, you’ll want to start with your avatar. Because it’s so small on Twitter, it’s important that you get a photo of just you. It won’t be easy to see a group photo and distinguish you from your friends. Take a cute selfie, or do a photoshoot with your friends to get a photo that’s close enough to see who you are!
You design is something that’s important as well. You don’t want something that looks like a mod-podge of colors and pictures! For your header, I would suggest doing a pattern of sorts. Get a Lilly Pulitzer pattern or find a quote you really like. The header gets a bit distorted, so sometimes it doesn’t look the greatest. If you search Twitter headers on Google Images you can find a couple of cute ones that will look great on your Twitter!
In addition to your header, the color theme is important as well. You want colors that will either match your header or your avatar. I personally like to match it to my header, because I change that less in comparison to my avatar. Personally, it’s up to you! The only tip I have is to make sure that text is visible with your background color.
When people first look at your profile, they will usually read your biography to get a snapshot of who you are. It’s important that your biography gives a hint as to who you are and what types of things you’ll tweet about. Maybe include the organizations you belong to, jobs you work that will help you make connections, and a few things that you like. Hobbies, favorites, and other facts will make your biography interesting!
If you’re just altering your old Twitter, then it’s a good idea to go through some of your old posted things. I wouldn’t suggest going through all your tweets, but instead go through your photos. These are relatively easy to find through your profile, so people are more likely to look through them. If you have photos that you find embarrassing or unimportant, then it’s a good idea to delete the tweet.
Another thing to go through are your favorites. Sometimes it’s fun to check them out and laugh at the things you favorited! I know sometimes I favorite links that I want to check out at another point, and I usually forget about them. This is a perfect time to clean your favorites and make sure that you have appropriate tweets here.
If you really want to, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to go through your tweets. I’m not suggesting that you go through all 6,000 tweets you have. Instead, just scroll through them a couple times. One thing I always ask is “would I want my grandmother to see this?” and that will help me determine if it’s a tweet I want to keep or discard.
Another thing to clean up is your following list. I know when I cleaned my Twitter, I found a lot of dead accounts I was following. Simply by clicking the name and seeing their last tweet makes it easy to find accounts that are no longer active. Also, if there’s old accounts that you follow and no longer wish to see, get rid of them!
With your Twitter all cleaned up, you’ll find that it’s a nice fresh way to start spring! It’ll make it easier to make connections and network with your newly improved Twitter account! Don’t stop here either – clean up your Facebook, LinkedIn, or Tumblr for even more fun!