Privacy on Twitter

United States
May 19, 2008 2:25pm CST
Did you know that you can protect your privacy on Twitter? Basically, you go to settings and then account and check the box that says "protect my updates". That way, only people you approve can see your updates. You can still follow other people, but they would have to be approved before they follow you or your updates. This is great for people who are only using Twitter to connect to friends and family. I like to have my updates public because I want people to know when I post a new entry in my blog or websites. I would hate it, though, if my current friends and family members wouldn't approve me.
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@babykeka80 (2003)
• United States
19 May 08
I have never even heard of a site called twitter. What exactly is it? I always appreciate keeping my business private if I want it to be that way. Is this a social networking site?
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• United States
19 May 08
It's actually "microblogging". You just post updates on what you are doing at a particular moment. I like to post updates on my blogs, etc, and announce it there. You can also respond to other members and follow other people. There's even TV and radio shows/programs that will give you updates, if you want. If you are using it to keep in touch with your friends or family, then checking that little box would be a good thing as it keeps you out of the public timeline. Here's the website: http://www.twitter.com
• United States
19 May 08
Thank you I will try to check it out later.
@my52cents (569)
• United States
21 Jun 08
I love Twitter! I use it to enhance my online businesses, to help build contacts, and it works beautifully for that. Since I do it with business networking in mind, I don't protect my updates - 'cause nobody would see them! Of course if I were using it for personal use only, just with friends and family, that would be another thing altogether, but I find it perfect for business networking.
• United States
21 Jun 08
That's one of the reasons why I don't have mine on private, I like to let people know when to look at or read my stuff. It's great to build up a reputation for your work with that tool.
@drannhh (15229)
• United States
20 May 08
This is a good idea, because I have noticed already that some people can be pests.
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• United States
20 May 08
Yeah, that's exactly what can happen. I think that you can get it pretty secure, though I've heard that you never really get it totally private.
@juls2me2 (2151)
• United States
19 May 08
I tried twitter but I realized it was weird broadcasting my every move and location. It was fun at first, but got old fast. Not my cup of tea, be it public or private.
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• United States
19 May 08
I think it might be because you were posting through Socialthing or Bright Kite that it might have been doing that. I actually don't have that problem. I think Bright Kite broadcasts your location whenever you post from there.
@marciascott (25555)
• United States
28 Apr 09
No I didn't know tht, becsuse on facebook, everybody can see who you are.
• United States
9 Jun 09
You can actually block people from seeing your profile on Facebook. Yes, they can find you, but they can't see anymore than that unless they're a sicko hacker.
@tixepower (1196)
• Sweden
28 Apr 09
There is nothing private on the internet and people like you are still falling for it. Not even the phonecalls are private so why would twitter be?
• United States
9 Jun 09
If you really, really think someone actually cares about your phone calls enough to break the law and tap into your lines, then I feel sorry for you. The same goes for when you put your privacy settings on websites. No one really cares about you all that much to go to that effort unless they're a weirdo. And, why make it easy for them?
• Philippines
3 Sep 08
Hehehe. I like my posts public too. It's a good way to gain and increase page-views just in case you got blogs and all those stuff.
• United States
3 Sep 08
Yeah, that's part of the whole point about Twitter. It's a good marketing tool.