Delete all your tweets using rtweet

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What did you do?

Worried about how a certain social media platform is going and want to start reducing your footprint there? If you are looking to remove yourself Twitter, you can entirely delete your account, but I’ve seen some folks say a better initial move may be to delete the content from your account (perhaps including followers and following), and then take your account private or deactivate it. This has the benefit of you keeping control of your username. In this blog post, I walked through how to use rtweet to automate some of these steps. I deleted about 25,000 tweets using this method!

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Find my blog post at


Before I started deleting my tweets, I made a visualization of how I have posted over time:

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@juliasilge (but I have since taken my account private)
My next steps will likely be removing followers and who I follow.

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