How To Tame The Ter­ri­ble Twit­ter Beast

MidWeek (Hawaii) - - Front Page - Paige Takeya

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.

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