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I need to send Twitter messages to groups and if I do will the tweets be private and not re-tweet-able?

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I don't know if this adds any value to the answers already given, but I think it boils down to a matter of perspective about what Twitter is. You are seemingly attempting to use it like an email list, but it is more like a radio station... you broadcast, people tune in. – aserwin Sep 27 '12 at 15:36

As of now short answer no. A possible solution would be to create another twitter account. Protect the updates and have the people you want to communicate follow that account. As far as retweeting... I believe this is always possible. Even with protected updates.

Alternative would be to send a bunch of direct messages.

Might need to choose a different medium for communication if this is necessary. Such as email.

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While you can protect your tweets so that only those you approve of can receive them, there is nothing you can do to stop those same people re-tweeting you.

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Yes, it's right there in the settings under Tweet Privacy:

☐ Protect my tweets

Only let people whom I approve follow my tweets.
If this is checked, your future tweets will not be available publicly. Tweets posted previously may still be publicly visible in some places.

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