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I have a protected Twitter account. If I reply to a tweet from somebody I'm following, and they're not following me, will they see the reply?

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They will not - taken from the What are @Replies section from the Twitter FAQ

Please note that if your account is private, users who are not following you will not see your @replies or mentions.

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+1 for not only providing a link but copying the relevant content. This ensures your answer is still useful in the event of link rot. –  Barry Jun 7 '11 at 7:57
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Yes, they can. They cannot view your protected tweets directly on twitter, but they can view your tweets through topsy.com

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Can you prove that? –  toscho Sep 13 '13 at 9:06
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