Social Media is something that has been around for a very long time, if you’re a millennial it’ll be all of your life! There are many benefits to this BUT when it comes to looking at your social media history it can uncover a terrifying past. This is a past that probably shouldn’t be seen by future employers. Here are some of the best ways to delete your old Tweets:
The one tool Twitter has developed that we can count on whilst clearing our history is the ‘advanced search tool’. This feature allows users to search for their own tweets and filter by keywords, phrases, usernames, locations and dates. To do this, type your Twitter handle in the “From these accounts” section. It will then allow you to search for certain keywords or phrases you know you’ve Tweeted about. Once you’ve found them you’re then free to delete them for good.
DELETE BY KEYWORDS
You know there are certain Tweets from a time that definitely shouldn’t be seen by anyone for that matter. Tweets that may contain keywords such as “guilty pleasure”, “hate” or “drunk” are usually based on something you should keep to yourself. This can easily be done by searching for these keywords in the advanced search, and then manually deleting them. However, each Twitter accounts is different and these keywords may not apply to you. Search for the keywords that you know will be relevant to you and then let the deleting commence.
NEWS AND OPINION CHANGES
There might be negative press on certain celebrities who you may have idolised at one point in your life. This isn’t a bad thing but do be aware that you may have tweets expressing your love for this character or how brilliant you think they are, but they’ve recently been accused of an unprofessional action. It might be ideal to find these Tweets and delete them to show you don’t support such behaviour.
ACCOUNTS YOU’VE MENTIONED
Keywords aren’t the only way to search on Twitter. You’re also able to view tweets in which you’ve mentioned specific accounts by searching the associated handles. For example, if you type in the handle ‘@Plus24Marketing’ you will find tweets you’ve shared featuring that Twitter profile. Similarly to before, if this tweet is negative or the accounts mentioned is no longer positive, it might be ideal to delete. (However, all tweets containing ‘@Plus24Marketing’ will definitely be good.)
This is a big one. We all know about our own embarrassing, cringe-worthy period in our life that NEEDS to be forgotten about. Who knows what will happen if you leave it?Who might discover it? To search a certain time period you want to delete for good from your Twitter, simply put in a date range in the advanced search bar and your Tweets will appear.
This all sounds great BUT Twitter doesn’t let you delete Tweets in bulk. There are third-party services that can do this for you. There’re websites such as tweetdeleter.com, TweetDelete, or Twitter Archie Eraser to remove up to thousands of Tweets at a time! There’s also an app called Tweeticide that can do the trick.
GOING TO THE VERY BEGINNING
If you’re brave enough to look at your past Tweets, you might want to request your full Twitter archive. To do this, go to the Settings section of your account and scroll to the bottom of the page. There will be a file emailed to you, it will include your Twitter history starting from your first very Tweet. If this isn’t enough for you, you can go beyond your Twitter archive using Snapbird. This also allows you to search direct messages and Tweets you’ve favourited.
Remember with GDPR coming up you have the right to be forgotten. You can request all the information Twitter currently stores about you and have it permanently deleted. Or if the information can’t be deleted, you can have links to your personal information deleted.