Twitter can be a manipulative place full of bots, trolls, and reply guys. Luckily, there are some built-in privacy and security tools you can use to minimize the amount of trash in your feed. Let’s see how.
The first thing to clean up your Twitter feed is to Marie Kondo the accounts you follow. Don’t want to see your ex from college fall down the alt-right rabbit hole in real-time? Unfollow. Sick of your former mates posting constantly about how she just loves living alone with her cat? Unfollow. Just remember that this doesn’t stop them from following you or messaging you if your DMs are open.
If you don’t want to completely unfollow someone and cut the link with them, but just need a break from their posts, then mute them. Their posts will stop appearing in your feed, but you’re still able to manually visit their account and see their posts. If this person mentions you or DMs you, you’ll still get notifications.
This is your best way against people you absolutely don’t want to interact with. Blocking someone will prevent them from following you, messaging you, or showing up in your feed. You won’t be able to see their account and they won’t be able to see yours. This is the ultimate way to completely cut off communication on Twitter, and you shouldn’t be afraid to exercise this tool like a lifesaver.
Mute words and phrases
A certain topic or trend can often become disturbing on Twitter, and that’s where this tool comes in. Are you some sort of heartless monsters who’s sick of seeing all of those Baby Yoda memes? Just block the words “Baby Yoda” and any tweets containing those words won’t show up in your feed or notifications.
At the end of the day, how much you are active on Twitter is up to you. If it’s become a bad habit, there are some tools you can use on your phone to limit screen time or block apps during certain hours of the day.
The nuclear solution, baby. Can’t get trolled online if you’re not online.