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There’s finally an easy, fun way to delete your old tweets

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Written by Kamil Arli

There’s finally an easy, fun way to delete your old tweets.

IT’S SIMPLE!

For $0.99, a new iOS app called Keep or Delete by German developer Tobias Block allows you to delete your old tweets in a Tinder-like UI. It’s simple: The app loads your tweets, and you then swipe right to keep, or left to delete. It’s like dating your own bad thoughts that you somehow once decided would be a halfway decent idea to make public.

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IMAGE: TOBIAS BLOCK

The app’s got several handy features. There’s a deletion delay, where you can set a buffer period before the tweets are actually deleted—in case you change your mind and want to keep them. You can also archive your tweets before you delete them, and change the order in which you see your tweets.

BLOCK WAS INSPIRED TO CREATE THE APP WHEN HIS FRIEND GOT IN TROUBLE

Block was inspired to create the app when his friend got in trouble while applying for a job. “In his Twitter history there happened to be an old but rather embarrassing tweet, regarding the company… long story short, he didn’t get the job.”

Because it’s worth wondering, when asked about a Facebook version, Block explained that it’s a nonstarter: Facebook doesn’t have an API to delete content/posts/media. You can’t disappear anything on Facebook through third-party apps.

While Twitter’s UI doesn’t lend itself to surfacing old posts the way other apps like Facebook do, they could show up using Twitter’s search feature or even in a Google search for you name. It’s easier than ever for colleagues, potential employers, and even the government to look at what you’ve been saying and who you’ve been talking to online.

It might not be a perfect solution for someone with tens of thousands of tweets, but as an imperfect solution, it’s definitely a great start—for example, it’s something you can do at a bar, you know, instead of drafting awful tweets you’ll soon regret.

About the author

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Kamil Arli

Editor of DigitalReview.co. Digital Media Consultant

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