How I cleaned up my embarrassing Twitter history

How I cleaned up my embarrassing Twitter history

And the sophisticated professional I am today decided it was time to venture back into my Twitter history and clean up my online image. On this utterly mortifying experience down memory lane, I managed to successfully locate and delete a few embarrassing rants, some ice-cold takes, and several horribly nerdy hashtags I now regret. If you're in any doubt about your online past, I highly suggest you search your own Twitter archive and do the same. To search your Twitter archive, simply type your handle in the "From these accounts" section. (You can also search "from:" in Twitter's basic search box followed by a handle to get the same results.) Identify and delete by keyword To kick off your Twitter cleanse, why not start by searching your account for problematic keywords? Or, growing up, One Tree Hill was my favorite television show. It's a solid teen drama, but I definitely do not need more than 60 tweets proclaiming my love of One Tree Hill floating out there on the internet. TIP: News breaks and opinions change Speaking of One Tree Hill, I loved the show so much that I once tweeted that the creator, Mark Schwahn, was "literally a genius." Search accounts you've mentioned Keywords aren't the only way to search the site.

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Tidying up those embarrassing old tweets.
Tidying up those embarrassing old tweets.

This may be hard to imagine, but I, a now hilarious 24-year-old with impressive self-control and impeccable taste in movies, music, and celebrity crushes, have not always crafted the best tweets.

Sure, my Twitter fingers are professionally trained at this point. But when I first made my debut in 2011, I was an angsty 18-year-old, obsessed with One Tree Hill, listening to Dashboard Confessional on a loop, and tragically venting about freshman year of college.

I’ve grown a lot since then. And the sophisticated professional I am today decided it was time to venture back into my Twitter history and clean up my online image.

On this utterly mortifying experience down memory lane, I managed to successfully locate and delete a few embarrassing rants, some ice-cold takes, and several horribly nerdy hashtags I now regret. For all my future Twitter stalkers will know, I’ve always been this cool!

Revisiting past tweets revealed some harsh truths about my social media usage: In my younger years I tweeted too often and way too freely. I utilized very little self-control when deciding which parts of my life to share. Post-cleanup, I feel much better about my online presence. If you’re in any doubt about your online past, I highly suggest you search your own Twitter archive and do the same.

Here’s how:

Say hello to advanced search

There’s one friend you can count on during this dreaded path to online self-improvement: Twitter’s very own advanced search tool.

The feature gives people a simple way to search their own tweets and filter by keywords, phrases, usernames, locations, and dates. To search your Twitter archive, simply type your handle in the “From these accounts” section. (You can also search “from:” in Twitter’s basic search box followed by a handle to get the same results.)

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Identify and delete by keyword

To kick off your Twitter cleanse, why not start by searching your account for problematic keywords? You might find tweets with words like “guilty pleasure,” “hate,” and “drunk” worth manually deleting, but everyone’s account is different, so search for the words that pertain to you.

I’m sure my mom would be pleased to know I have zero incriminating tweets about being drunk. (I regret to inform her that over the years I’ve tweeted my fair share of other embarrassing content.)

TIP: All good things in moderation

There’s no shame in loving something, but there’s a little shame in loving something that’s not that great and then tweeting about it nearly 100 times.

Let’s take my live-tweeting of the Bachelor franchise season after season. I am now mortified by my “#emotionalgirlproblems” tweets and would like to pretend they never happened. Easy! Just delete.

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Or, growing up, One Tree Hill was my favorite television show. I worshiped the actors, reveled in the ridiculously dramatic plot lines that now make me laugh out loud, and thought nothing would ever come close to touching my soul so deeply. Is that still true today? NOPE.

It’s a solid teen drama, but I definitely do…

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