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Why and how I delete my old tweets

It’s almost seven years since I created my Twitter account. Granted, this is not as long as many of the people I follow but long enough to publish nearly four thousand tweets.

Throughout 2018, starting with Facebook, I’ve deleted as much as I can from my social media accounts. I want my presence on social media to be as lean as possible. Partly because of privacy, but also because it doesn’t help to have thousands of public posts out there from a security perspective.

Anything I tweet will be deleted after 90 days

It’s not that I have anything to hide. I’ve always kept my tweets professional through five strict rules: no politics, no religion, no arguments, no jokes and the hardest of them all – no rants about poor customer service.

Twitter is about the ‘here and now’. It loses context as time goes on and advice I gave or shared in 2016 will be different to the advice I’d give today. The world changes and practice adapts.

Most of my tweets are conversations or shares. There’s no reason to keep a record of conversation from several months ago, unless you’re Richard Nixon and isn’t that what got him into trouble anyway? As for the retweets and shares, there’s little point keeping a link to something that’s out of date or has disappeared altogether. And let’s be honest, who is going to miss the tweets I’ve removed? Nobody. Not a normal person anyway.

So, if you’re looking for a quick privacy and security win in 2019, join me and delete your older tweets too.

How to delete your old tweets

Tweet Delete is a free service from Richard West Ltd. that will automatically delete your old tweets. You can set how many days you want to retain your tweets for and it will delete up to 3,200 of them when they exceed this.

If you have more than 3,200 tweets to begin with – like I did – then you will need to pay a few dollars for a service like Tweet Eraser. This allows you to upload your tweet archive from Twitter and use it to delete anything outside of the time period you set.

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