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As you go through your Twitter account settings you will notice that there is one primary privacy option entitled "Protect my Tweets." If enabled, this setting will hide all of your Tweets from the general public and only show them to people that you accept follower requests from.

It may be tempting to turn this setting on, but before you do, it is important that you understand the consequences of doing so.

When you protect your Tweets, you will have less opportunities to connect and gain followers because people won't be able to see the tweets on your profile, and your followers won't be able to retweet them.

Typically, when your Tweets are protected the only followers that you will get will be people that know you personally.

This can be a very limiting factor if you are trying to use Twitter to network or market a product.

Additionally, Tweets that are protected are not indexed by search engines, meaning they won't appear in search results on Google, Yahoo or Bing.

So while protecting your Tweets does afford you greater privacy, it also limits you and forces you to use Twitter as a closed network which is not what it is intended for.

Account1. A record of a user in an application; 2. the highest level of management in AdWords where an advertiser controls their administrative settings to be applied to every level below.SettingsA user's specified parameters for a browser, social network, or other application; browser settings include homepage and security, whereas account settings on web applications or social networks include email notifications, various aesthetic options and privacy options.TwitterA popular microblogging platform that lets users connect and share information with friends, celebrities, companies and more via short messages.TweetThe standard microblog post on Twitter, which is limited to 140 characters.NetworkA system or group of interconnected people or things.SearchThe process of typing keywords relating to a topic into a search engine in order to find results.Search engineA website that allows users to search for specific keywords and phrases and retrieves results ranked by relevancy; results may include multiple types of media, such as map locations, images and videos.Facebook2154Choose Whether to Protect Your Tweets