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So the description for protected tweets are:

Only confirmed followers have access to @foo's Tweets and complete profile. Click the "Follow" button to send a follow request.

But what if I tweet to a user who doesn't follow me, will he/she be able to see my tweet?

Hey, @userwhodoesnotfollowme can you see this tweet?
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From the Twitter help docs: About Public and Protected Tweets, "@Replies you send to people who aren't following you will not be seen by those users (because you have not given them permission to see your Tweets)" – w3dk Dec 23 '12 at 19:02
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No, they will not be able to see the tweet.

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that's lame.. :\ – Michelle Dec 23 '12 at 22:10
It's consistent, and prevents accidental breach of expected privacy. Eg. "Hey @myfriend, did you notice the tweet by @myenemy, any idea on how to respond?" It would be very good if Twitter would give some sort of notification of this behaviour when sending the tweet, though. – Ilari Kajaste Oct 30 '13 at 7:42
exactly, something like hey, you mentioned @myfriend but he doesn't seem to follow you ergo he/she won't be able to see your tweet. but I know it now anyway so it doesn't matter. – Michelle Oct 30 '13 at 8:30

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