How Did I Clean My Twitter Account?

Yasotaro By Yasotaro, 14th Jun 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1uv742yl/
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PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT ABOUT REMOVING TWITTER ACCOUNT, THIS IS ALL ABOUT REMOVING TWEETS, UNFOLLOWING ETC.

I was using Twitter for quite a long time. My first thought was: it's fun, second thought: pretty useless and third thought: I may earn something using it! The last thought was the silliest one, so today I re-thought about Twitter. About getting rid of all what I had there.

The purpose of cleaning

Yeah, I know, I was one of those silly kids, who just think "earn2click" is worth your time. And in fact it's not.

At first I thought using Twitter might be a good idea. You know, tweeting useless links for anyone, having a vast number of followers (which ones turned out to be same silly kids as I was) and thinking those "twibots" might click my links so I earn piles of money. It was all bullshit. So today I had reborn and decided to wipe all my tweets and unfollow every single "twitbot".

So how did I do that?
First of all, I googled a little for any services that might help me. And found some.

Unfollowing everyone

ATTENTION!!! THE FOLLOWING TIPS ARE FOR THOSE, WHO REALLY WANT TO WIPE ALL THEIR TWITTER DATA. IF YOU DON'T, THIS IS WHERE YOU SHOULD STOP READING.

I firstly wanted to unfollow everyone I followed. UnfollowAll is a great tool for this purpose. You just enter your twitter login details and kaboom, you're all done. There couldn't be anything more simplier.

You can look at unfollowall here: http://unfollowall.com

Removing tweets

The next step is removing all my tweets. I used TwitWipe to do his amazing job. The creator of this page must be some crazy guy (in a good way), I really like the style he uses to explain how his service works.
Oh, and by the way, this might take a while because of API's limitations. So if you have a lot (I mean A LOT) of tweets, be patient.

Look at TwitWipe here: http://twitwipe.com/

Cleaning direct messages

The last but, as usual, not least is removing direct messages (also known as DM). This (as all steps) is optional but I really wanted to have completely clean Twitter account so I could start it over (just properly this time). I gave DM Whacker a go. This is a bit more complex but not as difficult as it may seem at first. Here's what you need to do in order to remove DM's:
1. Look for a bookmarklet on this website: http://dcortesi.com/tools/dm-deleter/ and drag it to your bookmarks bar.
2. Open your twitter accounts' DMs page;
3. Click the bookmark you've dragged to your bookmark bar;
4. Use the options that appears (if needed);
5. Click delete;
6. Wait for deletion;
7. Pretend to be happy.

Being happy with empty account

And that's it! You should now have a fresh twitter account with a decreasing number of followers.
Happy starting over :)

Oh, and don't forget to check out my other article about Twitter:
Choosing a noticeable twitter avatar

Tags

Clean, Data, Empty, Fresh, Online Communities, Social Network, Twitter, Unfollow, Wipe

Meet the author

author avatar Yasotaro
Blogger, musician, twitterer, not much more.
I am always looking forward to new friendships, so feel free to contact me!

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author avatar drelayaraja
16th Jun 2010 (#)

N ice Information :)

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author avatar maftab92
16th Jun 2010 (#)

very informative article.

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author avatar Stupendouskid
28th Jul 2010 (#)

hii... how to stop using unfollowall.com I want to follow my friends ?

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author avatar Oastraeo
28th May 2011 (#)

Good luck :) and thanks for following me :)

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