Did you know? There are 330 million monthly active users on Twitter. (source)
Like all social media users, we want our Twitter profile to stand out a little more than others so that when people come across us in their daily use, they think to themselves “I’d like to follow this person and see what they have to share.”
There are several ways to make your profile stand out amongst the millions of others. You can create:
- a captivating and/or unique profile pic/image
- a strategic header
- an inspiring bio (using only 160 characters)
There’s something else that you can do to make your profile stand out a bit. You can change the font of your name in your Twitter bio. You can see an example of this if you visit my Twitter Profile or take a look at the image above.
Before i tell you how to do it, please listen to a bit of caution. Although, technically, you could change entirely the font in your Twitter bio, i don’t recommend it because it’s probably going to be hard to read and won’t look good. I recommend you restrain yourself and just change the font in your name…and even then, don’t go crazy! You want to stand out but not in a bad way. Also, remember that the fonts i recommend below are unicode characters; which means that they might not be accessible to people who use screen readers.
Here’s how to change the font in your Twitter (or Instagram) bio.
STEP 1: SELECT A FONT
There are several text generator websites available that will offer options for the perfect Twitter font. Remember, not all the options will be pretty and some of them will be down right un-readable! Here are a few you can try:
➤ Fonts for Twitter: this is my favorite one. I like it because it’s clean and lets me see each of the choices with enough white space so that i’m not overwhelmed by the choices.
➤ Lingo Jam: this one tends to come up before my favorite one above. Clearly their SEO strategy is better. I just couldn’t find a font with them that i liked.
➤ Unicode Text Converter: i haven’t used this one but it gives you the basic nuts and bolts that you might need.
➤ YayText: i haven’t used this one either. Visually, it’s a mess and the UI must have been designed by an accountant.
BONUS TIP: If you really want to get artsy-fancy, you can do what i did and combine letters from different fonts to make your own unique, “branded name logo” (#namelogo)
STEP 2: PASTE FONT INTO TWITTER or INSTAGRAM
- Go to your main Twitter profile page
- Click on the “Edit profile” button in blue at the right, below your header image
- Click on your current Name field. Note: if you have more than one Twitter account, you’ll get a pop-up to choose which name you want to change
- Paste your new copied font into the “Name” field
Once you click Save, you’ll see how your new name looks on your live profile. If you don’t like it, you can always go back and change it.
The change seems to go live immediately and it doesn’t seem that you are restricted by how many times you change it to get it exactly the way you want it.