5 Ways To Use Twitter As An Online Private Diary

Nancy Messieh 12-03-2011

While Twitter is all about social networking, conversations and sharing your thoughts with your followers, it can also be a great way to document what you’re doing throughout the day. That said, you don’t want to bore your followers with every detail of your day, and one of the first rules anyone will tell you about Twitter is not to tweet about what you eat. But if you want to keep track of your eating habits, your errands, or just about anything that happens to you throughout the day, there’s a service that will let you do just that using Twitter – but privately.


Below are 5 suggestions on how you can use Twitter as a diary. These are ways you can use Twitter or use Twitter-like services to keep a private microblog, saving your thoughts, or daily experiences online for posterity.

Tweet What You Eat!

Tweet What You Eat! (TWYE) is a free service that allows you to keep a food diary. Whether you’re on a diet, counting calories, or simply want to keep track of your eating habits. TWYE has you covered.

Signing up for a free account can be done by registering for a free account or you can register using your Facebook login.

twitter as a diary

You will then need to link your TWYE account to your Twitter account, which will also automatically follow the TWYE Twitter account.



Once you’re logged in, you can begin to keep track of what you eat and your weight. Each food entry is accompanied by a description, the number of calories, date eaten and time. You also have the option of posting it to Facebook.


Weight entries are accompanied by the date, time, weight and comments. While weight entries are technically in pounds, there’s no reason you can’t enter them in kilograms.



If you’re wondering where the Twitter part is, you can add items on the go through Twitter, by DM’ing the information to the TWYE Twitter account. If you want to include the calorie count, be sure to use the following format:

Slice of Pizza:240

As you continue to add items to your log, TWYE will calculate the total number of calories per day, your average weight, and more.

While your entries are not made public on your Twitter profile, they are public on TWYE, on the “Recently Tweaten List”.


Tweet What You Spend

If you want to use Twitter as a spending diary, from the same people behind TWYE, comes Tweet What You Spend (TWYS).

To register, you have to create a new account. Unlike TWYE you can’t register using your Facebook account, and for privacy issues that’s definitely better.

twitter diary

The next step is to link your TWYS account with your Twitter account.



You can then begin to keep track of your spending habits using TWYS. Information included with entries include date, time, item description and the amount spent.


After you’ve added the item, you can drag and drop the item into the categories listed on the left-hand side of the screen, a list that is entirely editable.

twitter diary

TWYS will also keep track of your average daily spending and you can export your spending journal to a CSV file.

Like TWYE, you can DM your expenses making it easy to make entries on the go. TWYS provides a guide on how to formulate your entries. For example, if you want to include the amount, description and category use the following format:

Taxi 20 Transportation

If for any reason, TWYE or TWYS doesn’t auto-follow you once you’ve registered, you won’t be able to DM them, just mention it to them on Twitter and it should be resolved quickly.

Tweet Private

With TweetPrivate, you can keep a private online diary of just about anything you want. You don’t have to register for a new account, just connect it to your Twitter account.


You can then store private thoughts in your Tweet Private account.

twitter diary

Not only can you store your private thoughts, you can also upload photos that will be kept private.

using twitter as a diary

To use Tweet Private on the go, log in from your phone on the mobile site and you can enter your rants and thoughts from anywhere. In addition to storing your thoughts, you can also check in on the online map. On your TweetPhoto account you can browse your personal tweets by date.

using twitter as a diary

Current [No Longer Available]

If you’d rather keep Twitter and your diary separate, Current offers an interesting alternative. It limits you to Twitter’s 140 character count, making it an ideal private microblog. Signing up for a new account requires a username, email address, password and time zone.

using twitter as a diary

You can then write one short diary entry entry per day.

twitter as a diary

All entries will be displayed on your home page and are visible only to you.

using twitter as a diary

Private Twitter Account

Without a doubt, the easiest way to pull this off is to use a private Twitter account. With lots of third party Twitter apps, both mobile and desktop, supporting multiple accounts, all it takes to keep a private microblog is to open a new Twitter account.

Would you use Twitter to keep a private online journal? Do you have any tips or suggestions on how to use Twitter as a diary?

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  1. Jjattack
    January 29, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Write a story with your first tweet as the ending idea you want for the reader, then tweet with the idea to read the story backwards to get to that point. Using memes and hashtags with real news and explanations, you can essentialy write the story of the world from your perspective, as though you are reading back through time.

  2. Mccarthyp84
    April 1, 2011 at 4:15 pm


  3. hari
    March 14, 2011 at 4:34 am

    Unfortunately their site is slow, might need a new server to catch up with increasing new users.

  4. TweetySez
    March 13, 2011 at 10:13 am

    there should be another app-KISS=KeepItSimpleSonny=calculates how many kisses inna day@20 calories per kiss. This way when u eat a goodie then you can kiss yourself (or someone else) and make up for it..BudLite is 80 calories-well just kiss yourself 5 times and then you are + 20 calories..;)

  5. Melissa Robertson
    March 13, 2011 at 3:20 am

    I agree that creating a private Twitter account would be better than using those tools. I don't understand why you would go through all that hassle for information you were going to post to Twitter anyway. Personally, I would rather keep anything I would consider private off the internet, but I had my Twitter account set to private back when it was a little personal.

  6. Mgntptcnk
    March 13, 2011 at 2:43 am

    Love it! Great work Prakky:)

  7. None
    March 13, 2011 at 12:43 am

    This sounds like a great plan to have something that you intended to keep personal leaked to the internet.

  8. Rocky
    March 12, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    wow, i never heard of these tools. i totally am going to use twys now, instead of carrying my little book around!