As you go though 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. In today’s world of privacy concerns it may be tempting to turn this setting on but before you do, it is important that you understand what the consequences are. When you protect your Tweets it limits your overall Twitter experience. You will have less opportunities to connect and gain followers because people won’t be able to see who you are or what you have said in the past. Typically, when your Tweets are protected the only followers that you will get are 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. This means that all of the links, posts and images you send out via Twitter will never be “findable” 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.