How To Tame The Terrible Twitter Beast
Ihave an abiding interest in U.S. presidential history. Donald Trump is breaking all the rules, they say — and he is, but our idolized founding fathers John Adams and Thomas Jefferson are the ones who invented libelous negative campaigning, and Woodrow Wil wife secretly ran the country after his stroke paralyzed him, (kind of) helps me stay chill in these modern times.
One thing that really has changed about our presidents in the age of Trump, however, is how they communicate with us. No. 45 loves Twitter. He at all hours, and as a result the platform has become a window into the presidential mindset.
Using Twitter is simple. Sign up, pick people or organizations to follow, and shoot off your own 140-character witticisms. But nothing is ever that simple, right? Today’s column is devoted to making your Twitter experience simpler.
How to turn off Twitter’s “In case you missed” feature.
The annoying thing about a chronological “timeline” is when it stops being … chronological. Twitter thinks it can predict which tweets came up “while you were away” that you’d like most and serves them up in haphazard order.
You can solve this by diving into your “Settings and privacy” options and unchecking the box that says “Show me
Or, at least, so Twitter wants you to think. I can report that, days after testing this out, I have only managed to reduce the frequency that this occurs for me. Twitter is full of lies.
How to see more relevant content.
The more you use Twitter, the more you’ll notice that your feed is starting to transform into Facebook. I don’t really care what tweets The Washington Post recently liked, but Twitter sure thinks I do.
Twitter only starts showing you these tweets, supposedly, when you refresh the page when there’s no new direct content from the accounts you follow. In other words, Twitter is punishing me for checking it too frequently. Ironic.
One way to circumvent this is to use third-party apps to view Twitter, like TweetDeck or HootSuite, instead of the
How to turn off useless no
Twitter wants you to know about everything — when people you know join Twitter, when someone you know liked this really cool Tweet, etc.
To turn off extraneous noti - cations, then Push Notifications (yes, they really bury it in there). From here you can pick and choose what you’d like.
How to politely unfollow people.
There are some people we follow out of politeness or courtesy. You know the ones. stream of their hot takes is nauseating. We want to be rid of them, but sometimes unfollowing is not an option.
Twitter, like Facebook, allows you a “mute” feature that lets you secretly turn off their tweets in your timeline. All you click the small arrow in the top right-hand corner, and select “Mute @____.”
Don’t block them, now. They’ll notice that. Twitter doesn’t keep that a secret.
How to take full advantage
Real talk: It’s the most useful thread on Twitter for the average Hawai‘i resident.
When doing a search on Twitter, you’ll want to always look at the filters in play. By default, Twitter shows you “top” tweets. But “top” does not equal “up to date.” Make sure you’re searching in the “latest” tag to get your news as it happens.