At one point or another, everyone “likes” something on Twitter they, down the road, don’t feel as strongly about anymore. Maybe you’re within the sphere of popularity and know, because of recent events, an old tweet or an old “like” will land you in the firing range of ridiculous outrage culture. Regardless of your reasons (you aren’t being judged here), if you believe it’s best to delete some of your “likes,” then you are more than welcome to and here you’ll learn how.
First, you need to ask yourself, “How far down the rabbit hole do you want to go?” There’s a number of ways of deleting old “likes,” but the method depends entirely on the reasons. You can delete likes one by one, use an archive eraser or even through your browser’s console. How desperate are you to rid yourself of those questionable likes?
Delete One Like at a Time
The easiest, but most time consuming way is, of course, the tried and true method of deleting them yourself. Twitter has the tools to do it, but it is some of the most tedious work you’ll ever find yourself doing. This solution isn’t going to work for you if you’ve been on Twitter for awhile, not in the least bit helpful. The only upside to this solution is the opportunity of keeping some of the likes you still want.
To be frank, use another method if you have too many likes to handle. On the other hand, if you’re new to Twitter or don’t like a lot of stuff on Twitter, this solution is going to be perfect. You can get started by doing this:
1. Locate and launch the Twitter app. You can find Twitter somewhere on one of your home screens. If you can’t find it, check inside your App Drawer. All your currently installed apps are housed in the App Drawer.
2. Log into Twitter with a valid account and password, if you aren’t already logged into Twitter.
3. On Twitter, tap your profile picture in the top left corner of the screen. When the panel on the left hand side opens, select Profile near the top.
4. Below your profile’s details, you’ll see several tabs running across your screen, just above tweets from other users. Tap the Likes tab.
5. Every post that you’ve liked–by tapping the heart icon–is presented in the list below in order of recent. To unlike a Tweet, all you have to do is tap the Like button again, the heart icon. After you tap the Like button, it disappears completely from the list.
Twitter only hangs on to 3,200 likes. Anything liked after 3,200 will effectively remove your oldest likes first. They may not seem like a lot, but if you don’t use Twitter often, tweets you’ve liked 5 years ago could still be around.
Using Twitter Archive Eraser
How far did you get with the first solution before calling it quits? If you’re too embarrassed to admit, that’s okay. Try your hand at using a third-party app to do the work for you. If you can’t be bothered to do the legwork (or rather, the fingerwork), then you can take advantage of the Twitter Archive Eraser application. The only downside is it’s only available for Mac OS and Windows PC.
Yes, it is a third-party program and there’s a lot of sketchy activity that can go on with a tag like that, but consider the fact that it has been featured in the New York Times, Wired and a few other places. It’s a very legitimate application and worth giving it a shot, but first, you have to download it to your computer.
1. Locate and open your preferred web browser and head on over to Twitter Archive Eraser’s homepage.
2. At the very top of the page, click Download now.
If you want an overview of its features, click See all features. It’ll give you the scoop on its interface.
3. When redirected to the download page, you can simply choose the free version. Afterwards, choose your operating system. If you really like the Twitter Archive Eraser, consider one of its premium packages.
4. Open the setup file and follow the installation guide. Grab a coffee because it may take awhile.
5. Once the installation is complete, go ahead and launch Twitter Archive Eraser.
The tweets you liked four summers ago don’t have to haunt you forever. What you liked five years ago may have been a completely different you; there’s no shame in that. And nor should it be allowed to damage your reputation, especially over a bad joke you liked some odd years ago.