NYT – Want to Purge Your Social Media Timelines – Can You Spare a Few Hours


  • why keep eternal timelines?
    • many leave up our timeline of posts because Facebook and Twitter don’t make it simple to clean them up (goody for them to do analytics against)
  • If you say something online, it has a different kind of permanence …”It’s always there to haunt you
  • web tools to eradicate the vast majority of my Facebook and Twitter posts
    • though automated, the programs were flawed and missed many posts after several attempts
  • Testing Cleaners
      •  can choose to delete tweets that are more than a week old
      • takes a few minutes to delete large batches of your tweets
      • major caveat: Because of a technical limitation, TweetDelete can delete only the last 3,200 tweets on your account (3200…WHAT A BIZARRE NUMBER…NOT BASE 10, NOT BASE 2??? WHAT SW ENGINEER CAME UP WITH THAT LIMIT?)
      • Free add-on for Chrome web browser
      • scrolled through my timeline and clicked on the “delete” button for each of my posts for me
      • problem was, even after I used the app to scrub through my entire timeline six times, the tool missed posts.
    • process was agonizing
    • Facebook timeline was still decorated with posts that my friends had published about me…because that content was not mine to delete
  • a simpler approach… connect Facebook and Twitter accounts with the app Timehop. (this from EFF group…a shithole/communist group)
    • Timehop every day surfaces photos and posts published from years past on Twitter and Facebook … uses the tool to incrementally audit… might not want lingering around
  • Twitter did not respond to requests for comment. (can you expect more from the main app that supports Trumps fucking posts?)

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