Are My Tweets on Twitter Public or Private?

In this video, you’ll hear…

  • Whether you should have your tweets be public or private.
  • Who can see your tweets.
  • What is a direct message, anyways?!


Hi! I’m Laura Roeder and I want to tell you who can see your Twitter messages. Are they totally public? Can just the people that you follow see them? Can just the people that followed you see them?

The answer is that unless you have your account set to a private account, which means you have that little lock icon on your account, which I don’t recommend that you do, unless you have that set up, all your tweets are totally public and they are searched and indexed by Google. So when somebody searches for a topic or something that you said, your tweet could come up. So I don’t want to scare you off from tweeting, but it is important to know that everything you’re writing is totally public and searchable by Google.

The only exception is direct messages or D-messages in Twitter. A direct message is Twitter’s version of an email and it is private. So when you send a direct message, it won’t show up on Google, it won’t show up publicly and will only be sent to the person that you are sending that message to, and the same goes for the direct messages that you receive that others sent to you.

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About Laura Roeder

Laura Roeder is a social media marketing expert who gives businesses of all sizes the tools they need to make their mark on the web. She is the creator of the social media scheduling software Edgar, as well as social media marketing web courses like Creating Fame and Social Brilliant.


  1. Although people are more and more into the social media, and that lasts for some time now, I don’t really think that they realize how PUBLIC they words exactly are.

    It’s good to remind them about it once in a while.

  2. very interesting
    once its out on the web its out of your hands forever

    so all must remain cautious when posting/tweeting/blogging/commenting
    thanks heaps :)

  3. Well,one hardly thinks what happens to the messages that are tweeted out. Thanks for the short and sweet video. It just got me reminded to be cautious about the kind of stuff I tweet out as well as make the best use of my tweets.

  4. Thanks for the info! That’s really good to know. Although I don’t see many reasons to use Twitter when it is made private to be honest. It’s a communication tools, and it has to be public.

    Thanks for the video, Laura. Always great to hear from you.

  5. Gr8..

    Thnx 4 the video…
    But Still in doubt.. i didnt got it completely!