Does it seem like your friends, family and colleagues know more about you than, well, you do? With social media continuing to evolve at a mind-spinning pace, it’s easier than ever for people to get the details on your personal and professional life via a simple online search.
The good news is it’s just as easy to protect your privacy on social networks. We’ve outlined some quick and easy ways to do so on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Part 2 of this series focuses on Twitter.
Privacy options on Twitter are limited to two options: protect your Tweets or don’t (the default setting).
Public Tweets are visible to anyone, whether or not they have a Twitter account. Protected Tweets are only visible to your approved Twitter followers. If you choose to protect your Tweets, you will need to manually approve each and every person you want to allow to view your Tweets.
Important to note: If you ever had public Tweets, those Tweets will always be public and searchable, even after you change your settings to protected.
If you choose to protect your Tweets:
- People will have to request to follow you, and each follow request will need your approval.
- Unapproved users will not be able to retweet your Tweets.
- Your Tweets won’t appear in Twitter or Google searches.
- If you reply to a person’s Tweet, but he or she isn’t following you, he or she will not see your reply.
To protect your Tweets, click on the account settings “wheel” at the top of your page and select “Settings.” This will bring you to your Account page, where you can check or uncheck the “Protect my Tweets” box.
Those are your only options (for now, anyway) for protecting your privacy on this real-time network. Have questions or want to learn more about Twitter? Contact us. Check in next Friday for the last part of this series, focusing on LinkedIn.