You’re a little afraid of this social media business and you don’t want to misstep so you opted to protect your tweets. This makes me crazy! Twitter and Facebook work totally differently. With Facebook, you do want to watch what you say and use strong privacy settings. With Twitter, you should still watch what you say but don’t make people jump through hooks to talk with you.
Aaron Lee just wrote about the businesses who protect their tweets in his post, “Businesses: Are Your Twitter Accounts Set To Private?”
All of his points are equally important to individuals.
Your tweets don’t appear in the public stream if you protect your tweets.
Twitter is all about building community and when you protect your tweets, you put a quick halt to all the community building efforts there are.
If you are confused about how to get started on social media and are trying to take it slow, your best bet is to do some research and learn rather than putting halts on connections.
If you have never met me before, you may not know my other side. As the owner of Design Resumes, I work with job seekers who often are trying to use social media to learn about opportunities and build connections. Hint, you can’t do that if you shut the door and don’t let anyone in.
Common Twitter newbie errors
I wrote “10 secrets to avoid common Twitter newbie errors” on my other blog, Propelling you to Career Success. You can read them there but here is the one on protected tweets:
Privacy Lock: You are following me but you turned on Protect my tweets in Tweet privacy. If you are only using Twitter to talk to friends, I suppose the privacy level is important. The difference in Twitter from Facebook is that you don’t choose who follows you. Anyone can follow anyone in Twitter. If you follow me and want me to follow back, then make it easy for me to follow you, don’t protect your tweets.
If you are wanting to use Twitter for any marketing efforts, protected tweets makes even less sense. Learning marketing strategies is best done out in the open, not hiding behind walls.