Many people think of Twitter as just some broadcasting SMS service that lets other people follow you and otherwise engage in short impersonal conversation. Few give Twitter much concern in the same way they might Facebook, for example, and it makes sense not to.
- Twitter’s “servers automatically record information (“Log Data”) created by your use of the Services. Log Data may include information such as your IP address, browser type, operating system, the referring web page, pages visited, location, your mobile carrier, device and application IDs, search terms, and cookie information.”
- Twitter stores and and will only delete “any common account identifiers, such as your username, full IP address, or email address, after 18 months.”
- If you connect your Twitter account to any 3rd party service, such as Facebook, information from that account is now indefinitely stored on Twitter’s servers. However it does mention that this data will be removed “a few weeks” after “your disconnecting from Twitter your account on the other service.”
I’m extremely annoyed by the increase in tech companies dumbing down their privacy policies over time to make them “easier to understand.” The results I’ve seen so far with Facebook and Google are more ambiguous, less transparent, and more questionable policies.
With all of that said, if you want to remove your Twitter account, it’s going to take about a month.
Login to your Twitter account and click the Profile >> Settings button.
Scroll down the account page and at the bottom click the link-
You’ll be asked if you’re sure you want to deactivate. But it’s not like it matters anyway. All it takes to undo this process is logging back into your account. And when doing so you aren’t notified that you’ve canceled your deactivation. It just pops right back up, right as rain, like nothing ever happened. If your registered email account doesn’t have strict spam filters, you might see an account reactivation email, but that’s it.
Deactivation is required to delete your Twitter account. And the account will only be deleted after 30 straight days without any use whatsoever. But as before, this is going to take a while, so click that button and get started now.
Just in case the previous screen wasn’t enough to make sure this isn’t want you want to do, Twitter will ask you to re-enter your password and push another blue confirmation button.
With that done, your Twitter account should be deactivated… For now.
I know I might sound a little harsh on Twitter. But for good reason. A 30 day deactivation policy before an automated delete is a little bit ridiculous. If at anytime in this 30 days you accidentally log into your account, you have to start the process all over again. Sound familiar? Facebook has a similar policy, except it only has a two-week grace period to avoid. So what gives with the 30-day policy Twitter? Why can’t I just delete my account right now!
Since it’s going to take a month of avoiding logging in. You might need to go through all of your services and apps that integrate with Twitter and make sure that you disconnect them from your account. The same goes for web browsers that automatically log you in when you visit Twitter.com. Everything needs to go, or you might find you’ve accidentally reactivated your account.