Every single person who uses Twitter should regularly delete their old tweets - here's how to do it
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- In case you haven't noticed, it doesn't pay to keep around your old tweets - just ask James Gunn, or Kevin Hart.
- People have lost their jobs or seriously damaged their careers because old, immature, or otherwise inappropriate tweets were unearthed.
- The things you say on the internet generally follow you - especially on Twitter.
- If you're using Twitter, and you care at all about your career, you should be deleting your old tweets on a regular basis.
- Thankfully, there are some easy ways, and even some services, to do just that.
First of all, if you ever want to archive your tweets before deleting them, it's easy.
Now that you've saved your tweets for posterity, you can start working on deleting your tweets.
To delete tweets with specific words, you'll want to visit Twitter Advanced Search.
If you want to try a free service for deleting batches of old tweets at a time, lots of people swear by TweetDelete.Net.
If you want a more serious service, you'll have to pay for it.
If it's good enough for The New York Times' Farhad Manjoo, it's probably good enough for you, too.
If you're on an iPhone, you can try Tweeticide. It costs $3, and it can similarly wipe out your 3,200 most recent tweets.
Android users have a nice option called Xpire, which — like the others — can delete up to 3,200 tweets.
If you really want to go nuclear, the only other surefire way to erase your tweets, aside from services like these, is to delete your account. Maybe it's time to start fresh, or leave Twitter entirely.
Twitter doesn't delete your account immediately; it holds your data for 30 days in case you change your mind.
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