Whatever you say on Twitter is public. All of your tweets are visible to anybody who checks out your Twitter profile. If you make a bad joke and it went viral, then you are in trouble.
However, Twitter allows you to protect your Tweets and make your Twitter profile private so that only your approved followers could view your profile and tweets.
In this article you are going to learn how to make your Twitter profile private and what happens when you switch your account to private mode.
Let’s get started!
How to make your Twitter profile private?
If you have decided to make your Twitter profile private, then you will need to enable “Protect my Tweets” feature. Follow the steps below:
- Go to Twitter and login to your profile. Click on your profile picture icon at the top right corner and select “Settings and privacy” from the drop-down menu;
- From the menu on the left, select “Privacy and safety”;
- In the Tweet privacy section select “Protect my Tweets”;
- Click “Save changes” at the bottom of the page. You will be asked to re-enter your password to save changed to your account. That’s it, now your Twitter profile is private!
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What is the difference between public and private Twitter profile?
All of your tweets are public by default. Anyone can view your Twitter profile, check your feed, look at your uploaded photos and read all of your tweets. Anyone who wants to follow your account may simply click the “Follow” button and immediately become your follower.
However, if you choose to protect your tweets and make your profile private, then all of your content will be visible only to your approved followers.
If someone would like to start following you, he will need to be approved by you first. If you don’t approve this new follower, he won’t be able to view your tweets and other content.
If you switch to private Twitter profile right now, then all of your existing followers will be able to view your content without additional request.
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What happens when you make your Twitter profile private?
You are probably wondering what happens exactly after you switch from public to private profile. Well, here is a short list of changes:
- All of your tweets become protected (private) – visible only to your followers. Even the tweets posted when your account was public will become private;
- New followers will need to request to follow your account. You will receive a notification about this and will be able to approve or deny this request;
- Private (protected) tweets can’t be retweeted by no one, even your followers;
- Public tweets are indexed by search engines. Private (protected) tweets are not indexed by search engines, it means that your tweets won’t appear on Google search results. Protected tweets are only searchable by you or your followers through Twitter’s search;
- Your Twitter profile will have a lock icon next to your username. This icon informs others that your profile is private and your tweets are protected.
I hope that you found this guide helpful and now know how to make your Twitter profile private. If you still have any questions related to this topic, then leave a comment below!