If you spend any time on Twitter, you know how frustrating the timeline can be. Every third tweet is an ad, and every tweet after that is something someone else liked.
These recommended tweets actively impede your carefully curated follow list. So clean up your newsfeeds once and for all by clearing the clutter.
Here’s a quick list of steps that can remove unwanted tweets from your Twitter feed.
Option #1. Quit Twitter Altogether
This seems like a radical step, but in the age of fake news and manipulated content, maybe it isn’t so extreme. After all, there are many other ways to access information feeds.
You can make use of other RSS based feeds like Buzzsumo, Feedly, or Tiny Tiny RSS. These alternatives may not have the same kind of UI or features, but you can still digest curated news options.
For those who want a less nuclear option, keep reading; we still have three options left.
Option #2. Remove Tweets you Don’t Like From Your Timeline
This option requires more personal involvement as opposed to a one-time panacea.
You have to go into the liked tweets or other unwanted tweets and click the right-hand arrow. Then, from the drop-down menu, select “Not interested in this” option.
The more you do this, the more the Twitter algorithm understands that maybe you just want to see regular tweets in chronological order.
As you can see in the image above, you can do this using desktop web browsers, too. But be aware that this method takes more time to see results than other methods.
Option #3. AdBlock Plus with Element Hiding Helper
Unfortunately, this nifty trick only works for those using the Mozilla Firefox web browser. But the benefit is two-fold thanks to both AdBlock Plus and Element Hiding Helper.
First, AdBlock Plus removes sponsored tweets from your timeline.
Then, Element Hiding Helper enables you to select an area with a tweet you don’t want to see. Element Hiding Helper removes that tweet from view, so all you see is blank space.
Element Hiding Helper also works for other modules. You can remove “Who to Follow,” as well as “Moments” and “Trends,” too.
Not only that, but you can use it for YouTube and other sites, as well.
Option #4. Use Lists as a Timeline Instead
A Twitter list is particularly useful if you want to segregate the tweets on your timeline. For instance, you can create a list dedicated to SEO, just like in the image above. Just add all SEO experts and accounts on Twitter in your list and get to see their tweets without the noise.
The list feeds are not immune to retweets, but you won’t see any sponsored posts or liked tweets in the feeds. It’s an air-tight method to avoiding promoted tweets if you want to put in the legwork.
Pro-tip: Mute Accounts and Words
Perhaps the most effective way to avoid not just liked tweets, but mentions and all other activities related to a tweet or account you don’t like is to mute it. Yes, Twitter’s Mute option not only works with usernames, but you can also use it to mute particular words, phrases, emojis, and hashtags.
Muted usernames and words will no longer appear on your Notifications tab, push notifications, SMS, email notifications, Home timeline, and from replies to tweets. They will essentially be gone from your Twitter world!
If you want to mute usernames, words, phrases, hashtags, or emojis, just go to “Settings and Privacy” > “Content Preferences” > “Safety” > “Muted” > “Muted words.” Then, click on the add button to start muting everything and everyone you don’t want to see on your timeline.
These are just some easy tips to streamline your Twitter experience. But, as we mentioned above, sometimes you just need to ask yourself whether Twitter might be the right platform for you.