Beginner’s Guide in Protecting Your Tweets

Twitter is a major social network, in which the prime focus is to post very short ‘tweets’ or messages to your Twitter. The tweets can be up to the maximum of 140 characters. While 140 characters is very short, Twitter has become a huge internet sensation due to the idea that you are reading information in a fast rate due to the short sentences, in comparison to long blog post.

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When you create Twitter, the first question that should come to mind is if you want your Twitter account to be public or private. Are you tweeting to get attention from the public or are you tweeting something just to those you know? In other words, are you tweeting to gain followers or to communicate with the followers you know personally. I have provided my personal privacy settings from my Twitter account in the images below, in order to fully explain what each privacy setting means.

Source: Twitter Privacy & Safety
  • For photo tagging, people can tag your account to their photos. It depends on you if you are okay with being tagged by everyone, or if you only want your friends to tag you. If you do not like the idea of tagging, you can also choose to turn it off by clicking ‘Do not allow anyone to tag me in photos.’
  • For tweet privacy, similarly to what I mentioned earlier, it is important to decide if you want your tweets to be public or private. If your account is on public, anyone can follow you. If it was on private, you will get a follower request in which you can accept or decline.
  • If you want to be protected, tweet location is an important option to consider. In order to stay protected, it is best to not include your location on your tweets, especially if you are a public account. However, it is ultimately up to you to decide if you are okay with others knowing your exact location.
  • With discoverability, keep in mind that anyone who knows your email address or phone number can find your Twitter account if you selected these options. This can include family members, professors, employees and bosses. They would be able to see what you have posted.
Source: Twitter Privacy & Safety
  • For personalization, this allows Twitter to give you suggested tweets based on what they store about your recent website visits. This means when you scroll down your Twitter, you will see a post from an account you do not allow. If you do not want Twitter to store information on the websites you have visited, do not click this option.
  • For promoted content, this allows Twitter to show you ads based on your interests they have stored on you. While turning off this option will stop tailored ads, there will still be ads appearing on your timeline. However, now there will be multiple different ads that are for the general public rather than similar ads tailored to you.
  • For the twitter for teams feature on TweetDeck, it will allow the person to add you to their team and access your account on TweetDeck. It will become a shared Twitter account except you will be the one to protect your password. You can choose if you want to allow anyone to add you, which I do not recommend as it is bad for your privacy, or to only be added by the people you follow. There is also the option to turn this off by clicking ‘Do not allow anyone to add me to their team.’
  • For direct messages, you can either receive messages from anyone or only from the people you follow. As well, you can choose to be able to see when the other person has saw your message, but with the cost of they would be able to see when you saw the message. Or, you can turn this feature off completely.

This blog post is a lot to take in, but make sure to try your best to familiarize yourself with the Twitter privacy settings. Either when you are signing up, or you already have an account and just need to fix your privacy setting. Remember that what goes on the internet, stays on the internet.

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