• http://michelleharris.posterous.com/ michelledh

    I find it shocking that businesses would set their accounts to private, what is the point in even having a Twitter account?

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    Yup! that was my initial reaction too. I emailed Qatar Airways. No responds yet.

  • http://twitter.com/LeoWid Leo Widrich

    Spot on post Aaron. If someone ever comes and tells me that bloggers aren’t journalists you know what I will say. You haven’t heard of Aaron Lee have you?

    It is really great how you are uncovering some amazing stories here and also helping other users, companies etc. to get it right instead of bashing them for doing wrong. This is journalism in the Social Media age. Love it.

    Keep it up and this time tweets already are in the Buffer, even before I commented ;).

  • Sharonite

    Could it be exclusively for their clients only? Due to security reasons?

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    Possible, however clients tweets will always be on twitter. We will still know what they are saying or talking to Qatar Airways :)

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    WOW! thank you so much for the compliment Leo. Its one of the biggest compliment I’ve received up-to-date.

    I actually thought this article was a little “bashing” for some reason. I don’t usually call out companies for doing something wrong. Usually good. Journalism is the last thing in my mind that I wanna go into since English was never my biggest strength. This article was edited by a friend of mine. Just like the other articles. For non edited english, its in comments and tweets. LoL!

    Cheers and thank you for the comment! I’ll definitely remember this.

    Aaron

  • http://frankdickinson.me/ Frank Dickinson

    It’s unimaginable to me why any business that takes the time to be on Twitter would set their account to private.

    You are right Aaron – @unmarketing would throw a fit!

  • http://twitter.com/LeoWid Leo Widrich

    Oh no worries at all Aaron, it is well deserved with the great work you are producing.

    Oh ok, yes, I feel your call to action is just quite strong which is good, yet it’s definitely not bashing, but very helpful for them. I am sure they will figure it out with your post, also I cc’ed them in my tweets ;).

    Speak soon and the pleasure is all mine buddy :).

  • Sara

    I get annoyed when individuals protect their tweets, so a business doing it is absolutely baffling. Twitter is public and intended to be for sharing. If you don’t want people to read your tweets, don’t tweet at all!

  • Sara

    I get annoyed when individuals protect their tweets, so a business doing it is absolutely baffling. Twitter is public and intended to be for sharing. If you don’t want people to read your tweets, don’t tweet at all!

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    No idea Frank. Don’t think I know any business whos twitter account is set to private. As for Qatar Airways, they are not using twitter to its fullest potential by doing so. Could be they are new to twitter and they want to take extra precautions since in the middle east, facebook is more popular than twitter.

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    No idea Frank. Don’t think I know any business whos twitter account is set to private. As for Qatar Airways, they are not using twitter to its fullest potential by doing so. Could be they are new to twitter and they want to take extra precautions since in the middle east, facebook is more popular than twitter.

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    Strong words Sara but definitely true. I guess they aren’t ready for the world yet.

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    Hopefully they would leave a NICE and not bashful comment here like how Four Seasons Hotel does on every blogs mentioning them. They commented on my blog before when I wrote about them.

    Speak soon!

  • http://www.socialmediaforlawfirms.com Samantha Collier

    I’m in complete shock that an airline would protect their tweets! Unless they are trying to stay “exclusive” as you mentioned above but really?

    So I just checked out their Facebook page and they have over 100,000 fans and offer contests via their page. Their page is very public in nature and looks pretty well made. I’m thinking maybe it’s an oversight that they made their twitter page protected…

  • @JaneTHoye

    check out @flyairnz – they have no worries about being interactive, contactable and open

  • Cromely

    II can think of a couple reasons. They could be experimenting with the medium before going public. They could be trying out a new employee in the post and want to make sure they can handle it. Or they could just be squatting the account for now. There are other possibilities like that where it makes sense.

  • stsitjia

    I totally agree with the private tweets aren’t real time. Twitter is a place where we can share our thoughts and in my opinion with the less privacy issue. It kinda irritates me somehow when I see those private tweet account.

  • http://twitter.com/tsbandito Andrew N

    I think Cromely could be spot on here — sometimes a business is trying to get the hank of a medium first. I’ve sat down with some business owners who needed some help understanding the different ways they work.

    As they do have a fairly good Facebook presence, maybe they just need to read more AskAaronLee posts to be ready to go live on twitter!

  • Anonymous

    Another thing that is bad for companies to do: If I follow you, don’t make me go to truetwit.com to validate I’m not a spammer. Use social media tools to block real spammers. Don’t annoy your real customers right off the bat.

  • http://twitter.com/thekatalist kateria niambi

    like I said in my RT…DUMB!

  • http://www.connecthive.com/dir/Andrew-Nadeau Andrew Nadeau

    I’m in agreement that NO business should have a private twitter account. I am also in agreement with one of the comments that NO business should use TrueTwit validation. Businesses need to make it super easy for customers/prospects to communicate with their brand, and any friction or delays immediately hurts your brand.

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    LoL! you did?

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    I agree, making customers to do an extra step is kinda annoying to customers seeing that they already have the interest

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    I agree. @flyairnz and other airlines are doing a good job. I am sure Qatar Airlines are doing a good job. Just with the protected tweets

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    Yes, those are possible, however they are already doing an amazing job on facebook with more than 200k fans (if i am not mistaken). Although they are experimenting, I still feel they could be more open. How bad can it be right? LoL!

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    Spot on Andrew! I’ll get them to read my blog lol!
    Maybe they were afraid after the “F-bomb on twitter?”

    I am still waiting for a respond from them that could possibly give us more idea on this.

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    Yes! it should be used for individual and not businesses, it annoys most customers :)

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    I agree Andrew, making customers go do an extra step annoys most customers. Just like what @unmarketing always say :)

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    Exactly, I don’t think privacy is a good thing for an airline lol! Their facebook page is very public indeed. I’ve check the facebook page and even posted an inquiry about this as well. No respond yet.

    It could possibly be that its an oversight from Qatar Airlines. It might be that its all been outsourced.

  • octoberclouds

    Why would a public service company hide themselves from the public (i.e. Twitter domain)? So many people could make assumptions about the company which could spill over to other media platforms the company is using. For a corporate entity, protected tweets could mean ‘we have something to hide’ or ‘don’t bother getting in touch with us on Twitter’ or ‘we are just here for the sake of it’. For individuals, I do understand why anyone would want to protect their tweets, but for a corporate entity…doesn’t make any sense at all.

    And to you Aaron, I honestly think you’re one of the best things to have happened to social media. You are virtually my number one source of all things social media related. Keep up the good work and I wish you continued strength in educating the rest of us about all things social media.

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    I came up with a few assumptions and I was actually hoping Qatar Airlines would comment here or through email because I emailed them too. No respond yet. Most probably their presence are outsourced to other companies and they decided not to respond. That is what I thought. I guess they have a “dead body” to hide in the company for not showing their tweets. Too bad though, they would definitely be using twitter to its fullest potential by opening up.

    Thank you so much for the praises, definitely made my day because of that comment. Will definitely treasure what you said.

  • http://www.brickmarketing.com/ Nick Stamoulis

    The only reason that a Twitter account should be private is if it is being used for personal reasons. A business or company page should never be private. All a private profile does is minimize the opportunity to connect with a target audience.

  • http://www.annemariecross.com Annemarie Cross

    Hi Aaron, LOVE this article. Why on earth would you have a Twitter account only to have it set to private. The exact same thing happened to me a few days prior, so after reading your article, I was inspired to write an article about building or damaging brand awareness and engagement with customers. Thanks for the inspiration! [Hope you don't mind me sharing the link - love your input if you have time!] http://annemariecross.com/brand-awareness-are-you-building-or-damaging-your-reputation

  • http://twitter.com/lionelng lionel ng

    Another airline – Qantas – has learnt the value of social media for crisis management and branding. In fact, it’s responding pretty quickly by putting together a team dedicated to monitor the social spaces. Great news in my opinion, we can hopefully expect better service recovery from Qantas in future.

    News seen from: http://www.webintravel.com/news/after-qf32-qantas-to-spend-more-on-social-and-digital-media_1602

  • http://twitter.com/lionelng lionel ng

    Another airline – Qantas – has learnt the value of social media for crisis management and branding. In fact, it’s responding pretty quickly by putting together a team dedicated to monitor the social spaces. Great news in my opinion, we can hopefully expect better service recovery from Qantas in future.

    News seen from: http://www.webintravel.com/news/after-qf32-qantas-to-spend-more-on-social-and-digital-media_1602

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  • Sashy4444

    Aaron, do u know of any sales execs using private twitter accounts as a daily comm tool to interact with staff/outside reps? If yes, aren’t there huge security/corporate sleuthing issues to contend with? It’s pretty easy to impersonate others on twitter (ask any number of aggrieved celebs). Appreciate examples if u can provide them, pros and cons, etc. Thx — Sam

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  • http://www.menasuvarifansite.com/ Haydrion

    and stalkers ! It’s a shame that Twitter has no more options in the private section, you have 2 things on twitter, open and private, open is really open and private is really shut yourself down from the outside world.

    The block function has no function on twitter at all, people can still read your tweets the only thing that the block function will do is that you can see the tweets from the blocking persons.

    They can still tweet to you and the rest of the world can still see what they tweet to you.

    A better option was that the people who you are blocking can’t see your tweets at all, also not with a search.

  • leon figa

    i am in court with a young man who has a private twitter.He does have a couple of hundred following him. Of course he would never let me follow but could it be that the firm that he works for uses twitter just between their employees. he works at a financial firm “fixFlyer”. He is on linked in and facebook so he is not so private.

  • Sergio Figro

    There are many many people who can abuse any tweets for fun or to harm your company, so sometimes is the best way to protect your tweets as long as twitter doesn’t come with any solution for this. Ones your info and links are blocked by twitter because some idiot or idiots report you and your links it’s game over and very hard of impossible to get it back