When the account is toggled to public, all the tweets are visible to anyone,
and can be indexed by any service. But they're not added to twitter's search
index. Only the tweets made with the account configured as public are
indexed by twitter search. Is the same for mentions.

So, if you change the state of the account tu publish one tweet, in the time
frame where the account is public, anyone can see your TL. The ideal
solution could be a flag at the moment of the status creation, to override
the account protection at the moment that Twitter decides if this tweet
should be sent or not to the public index.

On Mon, May 16, 2011 at 9:15 PM, Damon Parker <cartmet...@gmail.com> wrote:

>  As an aside to this thread...  In regards to changing the status of an
> account from public to private or vice versa, does this only affect the
> tweets coming after the change or does it change the whole user's timeline
> past to present?
>
> Similarly if an account was private and is toggled to public, do all of the
> previously private tweets all of a sudden become public or just those
> starting after the toggle.  Similarly if an account is public and toggled to
> private.
>
> thanks
>
>
> --
> damonp
>
> On Monday, May 16, 2011 at 3:22 PM, Taylor Singletary wrote:
>
> There is no way to set the protected state of a single tweet. Toggling
> between the two account-level states effects all tweets issued by that
> author and changing it for the purposes of a single tweet is inadvisable.
>
>
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