How to Tidy up and Archive Your Twitter Account

How to Tidy up and Archive Your Twitter Account

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I used to conserve my data on services forever– in case I ever required to take a trip down memory lane– but I have actually just recently discovered lots of relief and delight in purging my Twitter account of old tweets.

Will I ever miss some dumb thing I published back in 2008? Most likely not. Could somebody search Twitter’s archives and inform me what a jerk I was about my old, inane tweets? Extremely possibly.

I have actually formerly talked about my love for Jumbo, an iOS privacy-themed app that makes it incredibly simple to delete your messages from Twitter and clean up your existence on other services, like Facebook and Google. It’s still a terrific app; I fire it up about when a week, typically, to purge old tweets.

Jumbo’s developers have considering that added two brand-new features to the app that make this procedure even smoother– one for supporting your tweets to the cloud prior to you delete them, and another for deleting your old tweets without any input from you whatsoever.

If you haven’t taken a look at Jumbo yet, now’s a fun time to start. You’ll want to very first produce a Dropbox account, if you do not currently have one, as we’ll be using that to save your tweets (and images/videos) before erasing them.

How to save (and delete) your tweets

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You’ll wish to start by linking your Twitter and Dropbox accounts to the app, which is quite self-explanatory within Jumbo itself. In fact, as part of the process for connecting Twitter to Jumbo, you’ll be asked where you wish to save your old tweets (if anywhere). Tap the Dropbox option, log into your account, and validate any approvals you’re asked about.

If this is your first time using Jumbo, and you have a bunch of old tweets to purge, the procedure of synchronizing them to your Dropbox account might take some time. And if you close the app, the sync stops– irritatingly. I have actually discovered it simplest to plug in my mobile phone or leave it resting on my cordless charger while Jumbo runs. Your device shouldn’t go to sleep; let it chug along till it’s done.

When ended up, you’ll see a new folder in your Dropbox: “Apps.” Within apps is another “Jumbo” folder, and within “Jumbo” are the 2 folders you’ll care most about: “downloads,” which includes all of the media connected to any of the tweets Jumbo deleted, and “twitter,” which contains.JSON files of the tweets themselves.

How to understand your tweets-turned-. JSON files

A.JSON file, short for JavaScript Item Notation, is going to appear like a big gross mess if you attempt to open it up in a routine text editor:

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You can use an online tool like JSONmate to quite it up a bit, or a tool like Code Beautify’s JSON to HTML Converter to transform all that text into an easier-to-read table. Usually speaking, I discover these.JSON files good to have, however I likely would not go through the motions of constructing a database to search through my old tweets unless it was vital. All 10,109 of these tweets take up a simple 50 MB of space; keeping them around appears like a good concept in case you ever need or wish to look up your past, but I doubt that’s high up on your to-do list.

The media files, on the other hand, are gold. If you’ve ever published photos or videos solely to Twitter, you’ll now be able stash it elsewhere (You could also dump your entire Twitter account by means of Twitter itself, but that does not erase your old tweets.)

How to instantly conserve and delete tweets in Jumbo

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The 2nd fresh function you’ll find in Jumbo is a new method to begin erasing and (optionally) archiving whenever you open the app. This conserves you a tap or two, a great out-of-sight, out-of-mind technique you can use if you desire to let ‘er rip while you remain in the bathroom, or going on your lunch break, or what-have-you.

To set it up, merely tap on the name of a connected social service under the Active Keeping track of section within the app. A secondary menu will appear that will permit you to turn the Auto-Archive feature on and off.

Now, one confession about Jumbo. I’m running an iOS 13 beta, so it may simply be me, however I find the app can in some cases slow to a crawl. And this why I normally let the deletion/archiving procedure run when I have nothing else to do. This isn’t an instant routine; it’ll take a little time to delete and conserve your tweets, so best to let it do it’s thing during those moments when you do not require your iPhone for anything else.

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