What Is a Protected User on Twitter?

Written by lea winters
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Twitter is a public microblogging platform where users send short messages in 140 characters or less. Anyone can view or access a user's Twitter timeline and tweets as long as they know the user's name, making most Twitter use far from private. Twitter does offer privacy with its "protected user" security option.

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Definition

Protected Twitter users are people who have changed their privacy settings so only people they approve can see their tweets, Twitter timelines and URLs. Twitter users who want to follow a protected user must first request permission. The protected user then manually reviews the follow requests and decides whether or not to grant access to users requesting access.

Process

To protect your Twitter usage, log in to your Twitter account with your user name and password. Click your user name in the upper right hand corner. A drop-down box will appear with options -- click 'Settings.' Select the checkbox that says 'Protect My Tweets.' Click save to enable protection.

Unprotecting a Twitter Account

Twitter will remind you that you are protecting your account every time you log in to your account. You can change your Twitter account from protected to unprotected any time you want by unclicking the 'Protect My Tweets' box in your account settings.

Considerations

Enabling protection on Twitter is a good idea if you don't want strangers or certain people to view your Twitter updates. It's important to keep in mind that your tweets will only appear to those on your approved followers list and @replies that you send to people who aren't following you will be invisible. Also, you cannot share URLs with non-followers.

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