How to Find and Delete Old Tweets

Updated on August 19, 2018
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I have over six years of experience using Twitter as my go-to social media platform.

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People want to delete their tweets for various reasons. Some just don’t want new followers to see their embarrassing posts and pictures; others remove them to maintain a healthy tweet-to-follower ratio.

In recent times this has become increasingly important as people have gotten in trouble for things they posted on Twitter long ago. James Gunn, who directed Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, was recently fired as the director for the upcoming sequel because of insensitive remarks he made on Twitter in 2009.

Now more than ever it is critically important to delete your old tweets.

Thanks to Twitter’s advanced search option, it's an easy thing to do. With this new feature, you can find all posts—right from the day you started tweeting—and remove them one by one. This step-by-step guide will help you find and delete old tweets as well as retweets.

There are also several services that allow you to delete tweets all at once. I've outlined three in this article:

  1. TweetDeleter
  2. TweetEraser
  3. TwitWipe

Internet Archive

An online service known as the Internet Archive takes screen captures of websites, including Twitter. So, just because you may have deleted a tweet, it is possible that the Internet Archive took a capture of your tweet that is still visible.

Using Twitter's Advanced Search Filters to Remove Tweets

You can use Twitter's search filters to find and remove tweets yourself as well. Just follow the steps I have outlined below.

1. Log in to Twitter and visit the Advanced Search option.

2. You will see plenty of search filters that will allow you to find your tweets by word (or more than one word), exact phrase, or hashtag. There are other word search options, which in my opinion won’t be as useful as the ones mentioned above.

3. Once you have entered a word, hashtag or phrase, enter your Twitter handle name in “From These Accounts” box under “People”. You may also search for retweets that contain the entered word by selecting the “Include Retweets” checkbox. Once done, click on "Search."

4. You will find your tweets based on your search criteria. Now all you have to do is click on the "Delete Link" below each post to remove it from your timeline. You can delete posts individually, but you can’t bulk delete them from your account.

Find and Remove Old Tweets by Date

Finding your good, bad, or embarrassing tweets posted in May 2012 (or any other month, year, or day) has now become easier. Twitter’s nifty "Advanced Search Filter" also lets you filter your tweets by date. Here’s what you should do:

  1. In the “Dates” section, enter the dates in "From" and "To" sections. An example of this would be something like: "From 15th May 2011 to 20th June 2012."
  2. Next, type in your handle name and hit the "Search" button. Tweets posted between the dates entered on both boxes will be displayed on your timeline. Click on the delete link below each post to remove it from your timeline.
  3. The advanced search option is a surefire way to find and delete old tweets, but you will need to remove them one by one. To bulk delete or remove selected posts, use the apps.

Find and Delete Old Tweets by Date
Find and Delete Old Tweets by Date

How to Delete All Tweets in Bulk

Sometimes it is necessary to delete a massive amount of tweets all at once. Some may even find that they want to delete all of their tweets. Both of these things can be achieved by using one of the three apps below. Just keep in mind that some of these apps have a limit to how many tweets you can delete at once.

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1. TweetDeleter

The counter on TweetDeleter’s front page just shows how fast tweets are deleted using this tool. It allows users to find and sort tweets easily and remove them at a click of a button. Just sign in by clicking on the Twitter button to authorize TweetDeleter, and you are all set.

Now that you have logged in via Twitter, it’s time to remove unwanted tweets. Just click on the empty checkbox beside each tweet.

If you want to delete over 1,000 tweets, then scroll until you reach the 1000th tweet. It may take some time to load all of them, and you may have to constantly scroll down for older tweets to load.

TweetDeleter saves most of their features for premium (paid) users, so as a free user you only get the most basic options. For premium users, there is a "Full Delete" option so you can wipe your Twitter history clean.

2. TweetEraser

TweetEraser lets you filter your tweets by text, hashtag, or date. You will need to authorize this tool before you can start using it. Just press the sign in with Twitter button, and you will be taken to the tool’s advanced search options where you can search for tweets by hashtag, date, or text.

In the "Search Options," select text from the drop-down menu and enter a word. Hit the "Start Searching" button, and you will see only those tweets that contain the text entered. Now click on the tiny checkbox beside each tweet and hit the big “Delete Selected Items” button to remove them from your timeline.

TweetEraser’s date option isn’t really helpful if you are looking for two year or 3-year-old tweets. However, all three filter options—"Earlier," "Since," and "Between"—will return results that are a year older.

Also keep in mind that much of the site's advanced features are now reserved for paying users, so it may take you more time using the free option to search for and delete the tweets you want.

3. TwitWipe

TwitWipe will delete all of your tweets so keep that in mind when you use the service. If you want to only delete certain tweets, you should use one of the other services I have talked about.

If you still want to take the risk, then just visit TwitWipe, hit the “Get Started” button, enter the captcha, click “Proceed”, authorize the app, and give permission to TwitWipe to remove all tweets by clicking on the "Yes" button. Tweet wiping can’t be undone, so think twice before removing them from your timeline.

Types of Tweets You Should Delete

In the current political era, many people go to great lengths to look up someone's old Twitter posts. So, even if you are an active Twitter user with thousands of tweets, you may not be safe from someone else looking up what you were tweeting five years ago.

Here are some types of tweets you should strongly consider deleting.

  • Any type of content that is offensive or derogatory towards anyone.
  • Offensive jokes and memes that can easily be taken out of context.
  • Retweets of anything controversial or offensive.
  • Anything that is part of a string of tweets that could be taken out of context. If the tweet sounds bad by itself, you should remove it. Somone looking up your tweets will not understand the context if it was in a series of tweets.

Tweets like these from Sarah Jeong caused an uproar when Twitter users dug up her old tweets.
Tweets like these from Sarah Jeong caused an uproar when Twitter users dug up her old tweets. | Source

How to Delete Twitter

If you're looking to close out your Twitter account, there are just a few easy steps you can take to shut down your account. Keep in mind that while you have a 30-day grace period in case you change your mind, after that your account and all of its tweets are gone forever.

How to Deactivate Your Twitter Account

  1. Log in to your Twitter.
  2. Click on the drop-down menu under your profile icon.
  3. Click on "Settings and Privacy."
  4. Click on the "Account" section.
  5. Click "Deactivate."
  6. Enter your password when prompted and click "Deactivate Account."

© 2014 Anurag Ghosh

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