How to clean up your Twitter timeline

by Volker Weber

Twitter used to be easy. You followed people and you saw all their tweets. Then Twitter started to go down the same path as Facebook with "suggested content".

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You can fix some of the defects that Twitter introduced:

  1. To get rid of the "best tweets" at the top of your timeline, go to your account settings under Content and disable "Show best tweets first".
  2. For "While you were away" tweets, click the litte x (Dismiss) and tell Twitter you did not like that. They will ignore you and continue to bother you.
  3. To get rid of promoted tweets, block each and every spammer. Here is a list of spammers you can import into your blocked lists.
  4. You can get rid of Retweets by disabling Retweets from individual accounts you follow. Go to their profile, hit the gear icon and select "Turn off Retweets".
  5. To get rid of bots that retweet everything you tweet, block their accounts.
  6. When Twitter suggests other tweets or accounts, click the litte x (Dismiss) and tell Twitter you did not like that. They will ignore you and continue to bother you.

As the Twitter experience gets worse with every turn they make to appease their investors, you may eventually have to stop using Twitter.

Comments

7. Can't find any of the settings (e.g. "Content") mentioned here? Open "Einstellungen", set "Sprache" to "English - Englisch" and enter your password to confirm the changes. Twitter will ignore you and continue auf Deutsch.

Marius Kallhardt, 2016-02-10

you can fix all of the issues. Use a third party client!

Karl Heindel, 2016-02-10

Karl, there is always a simple solution to a complicated solution. Unfortunately it is almost always wrong.

Volker Weber, 2016-02-10

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