There’s no question about the benefits of Twitter, it’s a convenient way to get the world’s hottest memes, world news and pop culture all in one place.
But being an active Twitter user requires daily moderation of toxic characters, including QAnon, white supremacists, bots, deepfakes, and more (although you won’t find Donald Trump there anymore). There’s no denying the stress and anxiety that the fast-paced Twitter news stream and the stress of the constantly debated respondents can bring.
Hear me about this: You don’t have to use Twitter, I know it might seem like someone else is using it. But you can change the way you want to see in the world. You can delete your account.
Don̵7;t worry: It doesn’t have to be permanent. If you find yourself feeling empty and helpless after doing this, you can recover your account within 30 days after the fact. But if it’s too much again, come back to this article and follow the steps. There’s an entire world off your timeline to explore.
Deactivate your Twitter account in the browser.
If you’re on a computer or in a mobile browser, go to Twitter.com and sign in to your account. To disable:
- On the web, click the “More” item at the bottom left of the screen. On a mobile browser, tap your profile icon.
- Select “Settings and Privacy” and then “Your Account”.
- At the bottom of the list, tap “Deactivate your account.”
- Go to the bottom of the page to find the “Deactivated” link.
There will be a lot of information on this page before you go to that link, some of which are really helpful. Contains all the details about what will no longer be able to watch. (Your Display Name @ Username and Public Profile) Ensuring that you can recover your account “from time to time” if the account has been accidentally or improperly deleted and how to enable it. After 30 days or 12 months (useful if you get besieged and want a Twitter vacation instead of deleting your account entirely)
There’s also a link if you want to change your name, use a current name with a different account, or download your Twitter data. Lastly, it’s always a good idea before you delete any account. Here are the links.
Deactivate your Twitter account in the Twitter app.
If you are using a smartphone, go to the Twitter app and make sure you are logged in.
- Tap the three line hamburger icon in the top left corner. A menu will pop up from the side. Tap “Settings and Privacy” at the bottom.
- Tap “Account” at the top. In the Account Settings page, select “Deactivate Your Account” at the bottom.
Things to note:
- Again, your account won’t go away permanently after this process.Twitter will retain your data for 30 days before permanently deleting it. To recover your account, just log in again.
- If you plan to create a new Twitter account with the same username and email address as the account you are deactivating, change the current account to a different username and email address before you deactivate.
- If you want to download your Twitter data then do so. before Twitter is being disabled. Cannot send information from inactive accounts.
- Google’s cached results and other search engines mean that your old profile and tweets may occasionally still appear in response to search queries. However, anyone who clicks will receive an error message.
Deactivating your account can be tricky. But to Twitter’s credit, it’s more straightforward, the process of deleting other services like Uber and Lyft.
But now where can I find news and memes?
So Twitter disappeared from your life. Congratulations! But what do you do now that you don’t have endless tweets to scroll through? Here are a few other things you should try out for your newfound free time.
- Mastodon. Mastodon is a decentralized version of Twitter that journalists praise as “Twitter without the Nazis.” Instead of a massive chaotic website, you log into various “instances” of Mastodon, a community with a different purpose and theme. Different Instead of posting a tweet, you’ll post “toots” and be up to 500 characters in length. It also has a built-in content warning feature.
- Reddit. There are toxic places on Reddit, but unlike Twitter, you are not forced to pay attention to them. You can follow and subscribe to subreddits about the things that grab your attention from Star Trek To Furbies, each subreddit has a clear and often enforced set of rules. And if you’re bored of the subreddit, you can leave without leaving the site.
- Tumblr Tumblr is similar to Twitter in many ways, but there are a few key differences. First of all, followers are not counted as public, so some members are not privileged above others in discussions or discussions due to the size of their audience. Responding to other people’s posts won’t appear in your feed, so you don’t have to watch other users’ arguments, and there’s no character limit, so you can add a little bit of difference to a comment. That you posted
- Facebook. Yes, there are a lot of scary, bad, bad, and awful things about Facebook, but if you miss the ability to follow family and friends on Twitter, you can do that on Facebook, too – you won’t be limited by character count. And never worry about anyone outside your friends list seeing your content.
- newspaper. This may shock you, but many media companies still sell real newspapers and magazines. You can shop at newsstands, bookstores, cafes and even deliver them right to your inbox if you purchase a subscription. Instead of being bombed all day long, you’ll be getting your news in shreds every morning. The best part: You’ll look cool and sophisticated on everyone around you.
- Just go to The Verge. Don’t worry. We are always here for you.
Update January 14, 2021, 1:45 PM ET: This article was originally published on February 25, 2020 and has been updated to accommodate interface changes.