There isn’t any language for Twitter about “locking” an account, although most people are referring to their account and tweet privacy settings when they say as much. Today, we are going to be learning about what it actually means to lock your Twitter account, plus follow some steps to more efficiently manage your privacy settings. By the end, you’ll be able to manage your account and tweets with a little more confidence and control! Let’s get started.
What Does It Mean To Lock Your Twitter?
When people refer to “locking” their Twitter account, they are actually talking about making their account private or managing their audience settings. Twitter doesn’t have a specific “lock” setting, but users can restrict access to their tweets and profile by changing their privacy settings. By making their account private, users can limit who can see their tweets, retweet them, or even reply to them. Additionally, users can control who follows them and approve new followers.
This feature is useful for those who want to keep their online presence limited or share information with a specific group of people. Ultimately, “locking” your Twitter account means better controlling your privacy and safety online. Knowing the tools at your disposal is always essential in an online world!
How to Protect Your Tweets
Follow the steps below to protect your tweets and control who can see your information.
Step 1: Tap Your Profile Picture
To begin protecting your tweets, you’ll need to access your account settings. To do this, open the Twitter app on a mobile device and log in to your account. Once you’re logged in, tap on your profile picture located in the top left corner of the screen. This will open a menu with several options.
Step 2: Drop Down the Settings and Support Menu
After tapping on the profile icon in Step 1, you’ll be taken to a new screen with several options. Look for and tap on “Settings and privacy” to access your account settings. This will open a new menu where you can adjust various settings related to your account, including settings and privacy options. Once you’ve selected the dropdown menu, select the option titled Privacy and Safety. This setting option has a small gear icon to the left for clearer guidance.
Step 3: Select Privacy and Safety
A new page should now be open from the left-hand side. Look on this new page for an option titled Privacy and Safety and tap it.
Step 4: Select Audience and Tagging and then Protect Your Tweets
First, select Audience and tagging to manage the content you allow people to see.
Now, all that’s left to do is either check or uncheck the slider titled Protect your Tweets. Leaving this option greyed out will not protect your tweets, while tapping and turning it blue will protect them. Protected tweets ensure only current followers and certain people you approve of can see or reply to your tweets.
Check out the video below for a quick but comprehensive walk through of the steps required to lock your Twitter account both on desktop and on mobile.
What CAN’T Protecting Your Tweets Do?
Protecting your tweets on Twitter means that only your followers can see them. However, it’s important to note that this doesn’t prevent your followers from capturing images of your tweets and sharing them or sharing any associate link. Also, protected tweets will not appear in third-party search engines like Google search.
It’s important to remember that there aren’t necessarily “private” profiles on Twitter the same way they are on other social media platforms like Instagram. When you protect your tweets, you are essentially blocking people who aren’t following you from seeing them.
Managing Your Followers
Now that you’ve protected your tweets, it’s important to manage your followers to ensure that only approved users can see your content. When your account is private, only users you have approved as followers can see your tweets. This means that you have more control over who can view and interact with your content.
To manage your followers, go to your profile and tap on “Followers” to see a list of all the users following you. From here, you can review each follower and decide whether or not you want them to continue following you. If you come across a follower that you don’t want seeing your tweets, simply go to their profile and tap on the three dots icon. Then select “Remove follower” to remove them from your list of followers.
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