What is TweetDelete?
TweetDelete is a service for Twitter
users. It allows you to automatically delete your Twitter posts that are older than a maximum age you specify.
Why is TweetDelete useful?
TweetDelete is useful for people who want to reduce the amount of old data in their Twitter account (perhaps because of other apps they use on it) or people who want to limit the amount of data about themselves they expose online. Tin foil hats are optional!
Why do my old tweets keep getting deleted?
TweetDelete is an automated service and runs on your account daily. Once you've activated TweetDelete, it will check your account every day for new tweets that have become older than the age you specified and it will delete them for you. You are free to disable Tweetdelete at any time.
How do I turn off TweetDelete?
Signing into our site with the Twitter account TweetDelete is active on will give you an option to disable it. Alternatively, you can revoke permissions for our app via Twitter's settings page
- this makes it impossible for TweetDelete to use your account in future.
Does TweetDelete work with any number of tweets?
For technical reasons TweetDelete can only work within the latest 3,200 tweets on your account. Tweets older than this are not easily accessible via Twitter's interface and since we're not able to find them, we can't request that they be deleted. For the same reasons they're very difficult for anyone else to find either, so tweets over this limit are of lesser privacy concern at this time.
Once you've activated TweetDelete, provided you make less than 3,200 posts per the deletion timeframe you've selected, all future posts should be deleted as you'd expect.
Why does my account still have thousands of tweets on the counter after deleting everything with TweetDelete?
As mentioned above, we can only delete tweets within your most recent 3,200 tweets. As an example, if your account originally had 15,000 tweets and we do this, you'll still have 11,800 left. These old tweets don't show up on Twitter's site though (this is unrelated to using our service and is just how Twitter works).
Why did TweetDelete leave one tweet in my account when I asked it to delete everything?
Users informed us of rare cases of timeline bugs, such as failing to show new tweets, after running TweetDelete. This appears to be a Twitter interface bug related to mass deletions (see this Twitter support article
). We suspect that not emptying accounts completely may avoid this bug, so TweetDelete will currently always leave at least one tweet in your account (the most recent), regardless of what options you set.
TweetDelete deleted something I wanted to keep, is there a way I can recover it?
Afraid not. For privacy reasons, TweetDelete doesn't store copies of your tweets, it only deletes them. There's no way to get them back once they've been deleted. We'd suggest using another service to grab a copy in advance if there's something in your account you might want to keep (e.g. our own handy TweetDownload
Why does TweetDelete ask me to authorise it to update my profile, see who I follow etc. when it doesn't need this functionality?
Twitter allows apps to request one of three types of access to your account - read, read+write or read+write+direct messages. We can't request specific permissions individually. TweetDelete needs read+write access so that we we're able to delete your tweets. We won't use our access to your account for anything other than providing our deletion service and making a post to your feed to let your friends know you activated Tweetdelete if you requested it when turning the service on.
I'm having problems getting Tweetdelete to work, is there anything I can do about it?
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