Social Realtors on Twitter – Why Protect Your Tweets?
I noticed the other day a realtor tweeting away but then something strange happened when I went to follow them. This social realtor had protected tweets. It got me thinking. Why do some people, especially those in business, protect their tweets?
(This post updated September 5, 2018.)
Social realtors, you think, would want everyone to see their tweets, right? That’s one of the benefits of being on Twitter, getting to meet new people. But how can you meet new people if your Twitter account is protected and locked tight?
I’ve seen it over the years with small businesses and others on Twitter. Why be there if you are going to protect your tweets? Unless you are new and want to get familiar with it first, then I can understand.Social realtors, you think, would want everyone to see their tweets, right? That's one of the benefits of being on Twitter, getting to meet new people. #realestateagents #smtip Click To Tweet
What are Protected Tweets vs. Public Tweets?
Protected tweets are only shown to people that you allow to follow you. Public tweets can be seen by anyone even people not on Twitter if they do a search on Google. The default option on Twitter is set to public unless you change it to protected.
Furthermore, having your protected tweets also requires you to approve who follows you. That is an extra step you would have to do to grow your Twitter following.
If you have your Twitter account set to protected and change it back to public, all your protected tweets from the past can be displayed for anyone to see. (Just something to think about!).If you have your Twitter account set to protected and change it back to public, all your protected tweets from the past can be displayed for anyone to see. #Twittertip Click To Tweet
Why Protect Your Tweets?
- Newbie – You are new to twitter and you just want to learn the ropes. You don’t want others to see any mistakes you may make in the beginning when you tweet.
- Elementary school teachers. Teachers and kids are only allowed to follow each other for classroom activities. That’s smart tweeting!
- Criminal activity – Criminals may hid their tweets.
- You are being stalked – But in that case you could just block the one person.
Why You Should NOT Protect Your Tweets
- Let other others see your tweets and get your Twitter messages out there.
- Marketing – To market yourself, your small business, etc.
- Get more followers that may read your tweets.
- Grow your Twitter following and reach on Twitter.
- To freely engage with others on the Twitter network. Learn more from a contributor post I recently did on how to increase your engagement on the Twitter network.
Here is an example of what a protected tweet account looks like:
This next one really surprised me, she has a verified account but has her tweets protected still!
If you have known me a while you must understand this: I was so curious I just had to ask her via a tweet!
@conniecolla Connie why do you protect your tweets? I’m surprised since you are in the real estate business. I’m doing a post about it and would LOVE To know why. Thank you! ?
— Lisa ???? (@Lisapatb) September 5, 2018
Stay tuned and let’s see if she answers my question 🙂
Hence, some people on Twitter may forget that they protected their tweets and later realize it when called out on it. They can easily change their settings back to the default public option.
Now, here is another one that I found. while researching this today. This particular realtor seems to really specialize in high end clientele possibly for NFL football players.
What do you think of him protecting his tweets? I’m thinking with the type of clientele he has it may be the reason for a protected Twitter account.
How to Unlock Your Protected Tweets
To unlock your protected tweets, all you have to do is go to your Twitter settings. Then go to privacy. See the sample below to easily unlock your protected tweets. Finally, be sure to uncheck the protect your tweets box!
Anyone in business like social realtors should really allow others to follow them and engage with them on the Twitter network. That’s really what it’s all about being on Twitter. If you are going to tweet let others see what you are tweeting!
Likewise, it would be like going to a networking event but hiding under the table all night. Why be there, right?How to Unlock Your Protected Tweets - Learn how in this easy step! #Twittertip Click To Tweet
Here is what other peeps think of Protected Tweets
— Hey Mikie! (@stlavgjoe) January 25, 2016
What’s the point of Twitter if you got your tweets protected? ?
— Maryellen☔️ (@maryellen_bxtch) January 22, 2016
Protected tweets = something to hide = shouldn’t be on Twitter = social media oxymoron.
— Dinesh Balliah (@DineshBalliah) February 13, 2016
when you trying to watch a Twitter fight but one side has their tweets protected pic.twitter.com/4fEzxBq8Al
— nay.. ❣ (@trvpsoul_) February 10, 2016
What Are Other Realtors Doing Right on Twitter?
Other social realtors on Twitter are tweeting consistently and not all about their listings! They are providing valuable information to past, present and future clients. Others are entertaining them as well along the way. Check out the realtors who are getting it right on Twitter today.
Here are some tweets from local real estate agents and teams that do get Twitter right today!
One of the first questions we ask when someone tells us they’re ready to #rent is, “What’s on your wish list?” Before we help you find the #rental of your dreams, we like to know what you’re looking for. Today’s #blog will help you put your list together! https://t.co/LXlOzGRXyg pic.twitter.com/PEOKgF4DI1
— Fitzpatrick Team (@fitzteamri) August 17, 2018
Which of these extraordinary homes would be your choice? pic.twitter.com/OPkQUAA8l0
— John Krekorian (@JohnKrekorianRI) August 25, 2018
September is National Preparedness Month and there are things every homeowner can do pic.twitter.com/z9svVixw8m
— REMAX Lisa Foster Pacheco (@Lisafsold) September 4, 2018
— Alyssa Mazzacco (@alyssamazzacco) September 3, 2018
Be sure NOT to connect your Facebook and Twitter together! Here is what it looks like on Twitter:
Keller Williams Realty – New England Region Masterminds in Rhode Island. Tuesday and Wednesday. Masterminds group… http://t.co/JSoF3hlmca
— Sandy Bonney (@sandybonney) October 16, 2015
It is a wasted tweet when it’s coming from your Facebook feed. If people wanted to see you on Facebook they would be there at that moment and not on Twitter.It is a wasted tweet when it's coming from your Facebook feed. #Twittertip #realestateagents Click To Tweet
The same goes for Instagram. But, with an IFTTT recipe your Instagram photos can show right in the Twitter stream.
Went for a nice early morning walk with my son this last day of August.
Beautiful morning in #RhodeIsland #NewEngland #morningwalk #morningmotivation #nature_photo #nature #summer2018 #reservoir https://t.co/55qXYYl2tc pic.twitter.com/kStjvepBJb
— Lisa ???? (@Lisapatb) August 31, 2018
Over to you!
Do you follow people on Twitter that have protected tweets?
Would you for any reason protect your tweets?
I’d love to know more in the comments below!
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