There is no doubt about the benefits of Twitter. It's a handy way to get your memes, world news and pop culture in one place.
But to be an active Twitter user, you have to search a flood of toxic characters every day, including white supremacists, bots, deepfakes, the President of the United States and more. Moreover, there is no denial of the stress and anxiety that the fast pace of Twitter's news cycle and the tension of constantly debating response boys can cause.
Listen to this: you don't actually need to use Twitter. I know it seems like everyone is using it, but you can be the change you want to see in the world. You can simply delete your account.
Don't worry: it doesn't have to be permanent. If you find yourself feeling empty and directionless after you've done this, you can get your account back up to 30 days later. But if it ever gets too much, come back to this article and follow the steps. There is a whole world outside of your timeline to explore.
Deactivate your Twitter account in a browser
If you are on a computer or in a mobile browser, go to Twitter.com and log in to your account. To deactivate:
- Click on the web on the item & # 39; More & # 39; at the bottom left of the screen. In the mobile browser, tap your profile icon.
- Select "Settings and Privacy" and then "Account"
- At the bottom of the list, tap "Deactivate your account"
You will see a screen with the message that this will deactivate your account. Ignore it and press "Deactivate" again below.
Deactivate your Twitter account in the Twitter app
If you have a using a smartphone, go to the Twitter app and check that you are logged in.  Tap your profile icon in the upper left corner. A menu appears from the side. Tap "Settings and privacy" at the bottom.
A few things to click on note:
- Again: your account has not permanently disappeared after this process, Twitter will keep your information for 30 days before it is permanently deleted. Log in again to restore your account.
- If you plan to create a new Twitter account with the same username and email address as the account that you deactivate, switch the current account to a different username and email address before you deactivate
- If you wish to download your Twitter data, do so before is deactivated. Twitter cannot send data from inactive accounts.
- Google and other search engines cache results, which means that your old profile and tweets can still appear in response to searches. Everyone who clicks on it, however, receives an error message.
Deactivating your account can be a hassle, but Twitter & # 39; s merit is much easier than the process of removing other services such as Uber and Lyft.
But where do I get my news and memes now?
So Twitter has disappeared from your life. Congratulations! But what are you going to do now that you don't have an endless barrage of tweets to scroll through? Here are some other things to try with your new free time. Mastodon. Mastodon is a decentralized version of Twitter that journalists have praised as & # 39; Twitter without Nazi & # 39; s & # 39 ;. Instead of a huge mess of a website, log in to different "instances" of Mastodon, these are communities with different purposes and themes. Instead of tweets, place & # 39; toots & # 39; and these have a limit of 500 characters. There is also a built-in content alert function.
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