Twitter Privacy

There are a lot of people who use Twitter for many reasons such as:

  • Sharing personal stories, photos, etc.
  • Sharing photos, news stories, or other random tweets.
  • Following and interacting with other people in the community.

Anyways whatever your reason is for Twitter you may or may not of decided to make your twitter profile private.

How public twitter accounts work

  • All tweets & photos are public to the world (even when people are not signed into twitter)
  • Anybody with an account can use @ to reply to you and they will also see your @ reply messages to them.
  • Anybody can re-tweet your posts.
  • Anybody can embed your tweets on a website.
  • Anybody can follow you (even if you don’t want them to unless you block them).
  • Most people can DM you unless you don’t allow DMS from everybody.

How private twitter accounts work

  • Users who don’t follow you or view your twitter as a guest cant see your any of your posts.
  • Users who do follow you can see all of your posts including photos.

Pitfalls for private accounts

  • If you use @ to reply to somebody who isn’t following you then they will never see your message since your profile is private.
  • You can’t DM most users unless they allow DMs from everybody.
  • Profile photos and Header photos can still be seen by everybody.
  • Some 3rd party websites for stats or other features don’t work with your account properly if it is private.
  • Followers are unable to re-tweet posts made by locked accounts

This final comment is about privacy. Some 3rd party websites will still display your twitter and instagram photos even if you have your profile set to private. One good example is

For example this is my profile, As you can see my instagram and twitter photos are visible to the world even though my twitter profile is private.

That is due to a setting in the website that displays that content on your wall even though those profiles are private.

image Settings

This could be a potential security risk to those who don’t want those types of feeds public to the world. Personally I didn’t really care so I left my settings set like the screenshot above, at least for now.

I hope this post was informative and helpful.


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  1. Simon T March 11, 2016
    • Matt Crawford March 11, 2016

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