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Sunday’s style section featured a cheeky story on the innuendos tethered to a person’s twitter bio. Like a preferred Instagram filter, the 140 character-or-less byline says more about us than we might believe.

When considering the byline of, say, a humorist-cum-celebrity, the norm is to, in a most self-deprecating manner, highlight that which is unimportant about him or herself. (So, if you’ve won an oscar, your bio might say something like, “makes great eggs.”) Then there are those who use the space to unapologetically self-promote. (So, if you’re a blogger, you might use your bio to show everyone where they can follow you on every social network that exists.)

Then, of course, there are the Kanye Wests of the world, who quite literally need no introductions and as such don’t offer any.

The story is really very comical, if only because it’s so damn true, but this of course, begs another question that we feel like we have to ask you. What kind of twitter bio do you have? And, uh, for the sake of self-promo, what do you think of ours?

Let it be known, my personal one says: “May have been Ernest Hemingway in my last life. Or Prince.” File that one under: meh.

[Twitter Bios and What They Really Say via The New York Times]

  • Aubrey Green

    The two bios I’ve used in conjunction are:
    Nice, but feisty.
    I want to dance on a lilypad while a saxophone is being played.

  • I’m the shameless, self-promoting blogger but that’s bc no one knows who I am.

    • Leandra Medine

      And there is nothing wrong with that.

  • I think mine is pretty funny:

  • Gerard

    I was inspired by the best…

  • Merrynell

    If my life was a movie, my twitter bio ( would be the perfect log line. But will people watch it after reading the log line…? Hmmm…

  • Gabriela Bonilla

    Unfortunately my 4-year old Twitter bio is as true as the fact
    that, one day, I will die.

    “Overworked, undersexed creative writer who loves junk food,
    likes to read the newspaper and apparently dresses like a lesbian for work.”


  • Scenes

    I recently deleted my account, but for several years I was “A cosmotwat in orbit around Uranus.” I know, class.

  • Mine claims that I’m a thinker, writer, intellectual and then I’m all “Jk. Just a pseudo-intellectual”. That’s probably because the latter is true. Like the article mentioned, I think I, too, would have to go with Hillary Clinton’s as my favorite. It’s honest, humorous, and it shows she doesn’t really have a problem poking fun at herself. It’s HUMAN.
    As for the TMR one, I love it. Let’s face it: In dissecting personal style cues and talking about texting, we’re all having a fat load o’ fun here.