Is it possible to see protected Twitter accounts (accounts which you can't see what they are tweeting until they allow you to follow) without them knowing?

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    What do you mean by "secret" accounts? – jonsca Jun 30 '13 at 8:51
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    That would kind of defeat the purpose of a "secret" account, no? – ale Jul 2 '13 at 12:46
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    A bit strange question! Isn't it something, that we should consider to report to Twitter? :} – 2222faces Jan 16 '14 at 15:05

No, unless the owner of the account has accepted your follow request, there's no way to see the tweets of a protected account has approved your follow request.

From Twitter's support document:

When you protect your Tweets, the following restrictions are put in place:

  • People will have to request to follow you; each follow request will need approval. Learn more.
  • Your Tweets will only be visible to users you've approved.
  • Other users will not be able to retweet your Tweets. Learn more.
  • Protected Tweets will not appear in Twitter search or Google search.
  • @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).
  • You cannot share permanent links to your Tweets with anyone other than your approved followers.

Unless of course, the Twitter account holder removes the protected account status for a short while—in which case the tweets will be visible until the account status is changed to protected.

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