Some Thoughts about Protected Twitterstreams 3

My team and I make it a practice to look at the profile page of every single person who follows me on Twitter.

We do this for several reasons:

  • I don’t want people who are just hawking their wares and publishing what I consider to be Twitterspam following me. Call me crazy, but I want no parts of these people/brands.
  • I don’t want people who are peddling porn following me. Enough said.
  • I also don’t want people with protected Twittersteams following me.

So, my team blocks these people. And, yes I know when we block them, it reduces the number of people who are following me.  In the case of the spam and porn, I don’t rightly care; I’ll gladly leave those folks in the dust, but it’s the ones who have protected Twitterstreams that concern me. I don’t understand them.

I’ve looked at a few of these “protected” profiles and most of these people appear to be normal, law abiding citizens and yet their Twitterstreams are protected.

Here are my thoughts:

Social networking is primarily about communication and sharing information. How can you be doing either of these things if your Twitterstream is protected?

For the most part when a Twitterstream is protected, it’s the stream of an individual, but I have seen a good number of companies with protected streams. And, I wonder what the point is?

Many people say that they just want to be able to control who has access to their “thoughts” and “intellectual property”. That attitude is so 1995. And, people wonder why their approach to social networking doesn’t work?

My question to these people would be:

Is your “need to control” so great that you’re putting a barrier in between your company and the people who could potentially cut you a check?

The other thing I’d feel almost compelled to share with these “protectors” is: if someone can steal your “intellectual property” from your 140-character Tweets, Twitter is the LEAST of your problems.

About the Author Lena L. West is the leading expert on how women entrepreneurs can monetize social media. She is also the founder of the Influence Expansion Academy, the only social media mastermind program created EXCLUSIVELY for women entrepreneurs. Follow Lena on Google+ Read more »

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  • Sara

    I’m not super-savvy with social media, but I thought I understood Twitter. Either you follow someone or you don’t – what does it mean to “block” someone on Twitter? Is she actually saying she can prevent someone from following her? And if so, how, and why?

    • Chelle Parmele

      Sara, when you are looking at someone’s profile on Twitter, you’ll see three buttons near the top. “Follow” or (Request to Follow if they are protected tweets), “Message”, and something that looks like a mechanical gear. When you click the button that looks like a gear you’re going to see more action choices.

      “Mention”, “Block”, and report for spam.

      Once you’ve blocked someone they can no longer see your tweets if they are logged in using the account you blocked.

  • http://wonkyear.com Esha Putra – Bussiness Stuff

    nowaday, a lot of people use this kind of Social Network to promote their business…
    but sometimes, most of them over use it…
    so many spams are coming..