Since Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) sent pictures of himself via Twitter, some people have been wondering, “Have I sent messages – innocent notes such as ‘thanks for retweeting me!’— that weren’t meant for all my followers to see?”
There have been several blogs on this topic – and not all of them have been clear.
Even in the comments to the blogs, there are corrections directed to the blogger and others. Who has time to sort this out, right?
I did. And here’s what I know thanks to Twitter’s Help Center.
Send a message (think of it as an email) to one of your followers by taking these steps (Twitter’s official instructions):
- Log in to your Twitter account.
- Click the “Messages” button on the top menu bar of your page.
- You’ll land on a page showing your private messages history. Click the “New Message” button, highlighted below. Click to send a new message.
- In the pop-up box, type the name or username of the person you wish to send to.
- Enter the message you wish to privately send, and click “Send.”
Note: You may only send a direct message to your followers.
How to stay out of trouble
If you hit the reply button on a tweet from one of your followers, everyone will see it.