Anyone who uses Twitter should regularly delete their old tweets — here's how to do it

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  • In case you haven’t noticed, it doesn’t pay to keep around your old tweets – you could end up the target of a harassment campaign, or find your job in jeopardy.
  • People have lost their jobs or seriously damaged their careers because old, immature, or otherwise inappropriate tweets were unearthed.
  • If you’re using Twitter, and you care at all about your career, you should be deleting your old tweets on a regular basis – and we’ve outlined how to do that.
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“Never tweet” is one of the most common phrases said on Twitter.

It’s ironic, but it’s true: Nothing good has ever come of a tweet. In fact, lots of people have lost their jobs – or worse – because of something they said on the service.

But if you do decide to post tweets, for one reason or another, you should also be deleting them.

We’ve outlined a guide on the various ways you can delete your tweets. It’s really not hard to do, and you’ll be glad you did it.


If you ever want to archive your tweets before deleting them, it’s easy. First, open up settings under “more” on Twitter.

Twitter

Under “data and permissions,” select “your Twitter data.”

Twitter

Next, just press the big button that says “Request archive.” It might take a while, but you’ll eventually get an email from Twitter with a big ol’ ZIP file full of old tweets.

Twitter

Now that you’ve saved your tweets for posterity, you can start working on deleting your tweets. You can search for specific offensive words in your past tweets, or delete them in batches at a time

Geograph via Google ImagesOnce you’re done tweeting, you can go outside.

How you choose to do that is up to you. You can search for specific words in your past tweets, or delete them in batches at a time.


To delete tweets with specific words, you’ll use Twitter Advanced Search. Just search for any bad word you might be thinking of, and you’ll be able to manually delete them.

Twitter


Twitter Advanced Search


If you want to try a free service for deleting batches of old tweets at a time, lots of people swear by TweetDelete, which lets you delete Tweets with certain words, or tweets older than a certain age.

TweetDelete


TweetDelete


For more serious options, you’ll have to pay. TweetDelete has the option to continually delete tweets after a specified time has passed for a one-time $US15 fee.

TweetDelete

There are also plenty of other options to choose from, like TweetDeleter.com

TweetDeleter

TweetDeleter.com lets you fully delete your entire archive at once, or delete tweets of certain types, or tweets from a specific period of time, for $US5.99 per month.

TweetDeleter


TweetDeleter


If you’re on an iPhone, you can try Tweeticide. It costs $US3, and it can similarly wipe out your 3,200 most recent tweets.

Apple

Xpire is another option for both iPhone and Android, which, — like the others — can delete up to 3,200 tweets, for $US4.

Google Play

If you really want to go nuclear, a surefire way to erase your tweets is to delete your account. Maybe it’s time to start fresh, or leave Twitter entirely.

Twitter

To delete your Twitter account, go to your Settings, click Account, then go to the bottom of the screen and click “Deactivate your account.”


Twitter doesn’t delete your account immediately; it holds your data for 30 days in case you change your mind.

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After that 30-day period, though, you won’t be able to reactivate your account, so you have a little time to decide if this is what you want.

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