Have you wondered who can see your updates on Twitter? If you aren’t getting any response when you tweet it might feel that nobody can see them, but don’t get lulled into a false sense of security and forget that your tweets are public.
Here’s a guide to how visible you are on Twitter.
Assume that whatever you post on Twitter is public and is visible to anyone.
Each Tweet has a separate URL and so in effect acts as mini website and can be found on Google.
There are a few exceptions
If you protect your account only the followers that you have approved of will see your Tweets. As a business, you would be shooting yourself in the foot by protecting your account. Protecting your account does not entitle you to say inflammatory comments. You are still publishing your tweets and a judge can order the publication of your Tweets.
These are private in the same way as emails are considered private between two parties. Twitter accounts are vulnerable to being hacked if you have a weak password, so make sure that you have a strong password on your account.
A tweet starting with “@” will only be seen in the news feed by the person mentioned and anyone following both parties. The tweet can be found by other people if they are searching for one of the names. It is still public, but not very visible.
- If you want a Tweet to be visible, by leaving a single character before the “@” it becomes visible to everyone who is following you.
- So if you are praising someone, put their Twitter username in the middle of your Tweet rather than at the start.
- If you receive a nice comment and the Tweet starts with “@”, by retweeting it, it will become visible to your followers as that person’s Tweet. Alternatively, if you reply to it, with a RT at the front and a comment at the end it will go out as your Tweet, but your followers will see the original words of the first Tweet.
Tweets are public and even if you have blocked someone they can still search for your Tweets. Blocking them will do the following:
- They will be unable to follow you, so your Tweets and your profile picture will not appear in their News Feed.
- Their Tweets using your Twitter username will not appear in your @Connect tab, so they will not be able to make contact with you on Twitter.
- They cannot add you to one of their lists.
You don’t get notified if you have been blocked, but you can’t follow a particular account it might be because they have blocked you.
Just remember that although most of your Tweets can be seen by everyone, it doesn’t mean they will be seen.
The chances are that only some of your followers will be paying attention to your Tweets some of the time.
If you want some tips to make your Tweets more effective, read this:
Do you want to get noticed on Twitter?