Should you delete your tweets or your Twitter account?

3 min readAug 10, 2020

Twitter can bring out the best and the worst in people. While some people can use Twitter constructively to build their network, many fall prey to community hatred and sledging. If Twitter has recently provoked your dark side, it would be time to decide if you should take a break and delete your tweets or delete your Twitter account altogether.

In this article, we will look at the various aspects of your Twitter behavior and whether you should delete your tweets or delete your Twitter account accordingly.

Delete tweets vs delete Twitter account:

Straight up hatred in recent posts:

Have your recent tweets been all about hatred or negativity against a community/person/group? Well, if you’re on Twitter spreading hatred then your tweets might not be welcomed by many of your followers and followings. If you see your Twitter account losing followers because of these tweets, it’s time to take action.

What to do? Delete your recent tweets. Check your recent unfollowers and see if you see a pattern between your hate tweets and followers lost. If you do, then delete all such tweets from your Twitter account.

Excessive promotion:

Literally everyone on Twitter indulges in self-promotion from time-to-time and it’s not a bad thing. However, if your self-promotion has reached a state where no one finds it useful, you need to stop.

What to do? It would be also advisable to delete repetitive promotional tweets and only keep your best tweets. In such a situation, it would be ideal to schedule your promotional tweets and make sure they are spaced out evenly.

Complete change in identity:

Have you had a 180 degree shift in your career or life? Have you reached a point where you don’t want to identify yourself with your old identity anymore. Many people with sudden change in jobs or career decide to start afresh leaving their old traces behind. In such a case, just deleting tweets is not enough.

What to do? It would be best to delete your Twitter account and create a new one. This would allow you to follow new people and be followed by new people. You can also share tweets and add Twitter bio relevant to your current life.

A wrong tweet gone viral:

There’s nothing worse than going viral for a wrong reason. If your tweet has suddenly gone viral and now you’re bestowed with hatred or accusations, you might want to take a break. Even if you delete your tweet, there’s no way out as many people have already seen it and you can’t escape it.

What to do? Best decision would be to deactivate your Twitter account temporarily. This will give you enough time to decide your stance and think if you want to come back on Twitter or stay away. You might also get some time till people forget about you and your tweet for you to make a return.

To delete or not to delete:

I hope the examples above have given you a clear perspective and helped you decide if you need to delete tweets or your Twitter account. Deleting your Twitter account would be an extreme step and you should only do it if you are 100% sure. If you have doubts, it would be easier to simply delete tweets or deactivate Twitter accounts.

Originally published at on August 10, 2020.




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