Twitter ads are irritating as heck. This short video shows you how to deal with Twitter ads in a browser using the Dismiss feature, blocking, and muting. It won’t get rid of all ads, but it will help cut down on the more irritating ones. This video is under 6 minutes long. The narrator is the author of Twitter In 30 Minutes.
I am revisiting this issue because I hear a lot of frustration from people who are wondering why their email inboxes and mobile phone screens are filling up with notifications from Twitter. Some of Twitter notifications are useful — direct messages, or when your content has been retweeted — but some are useless. Others are useful or interesting, but can be overwhelming because there are so many of them.
The video below shows how to turn off Web and email notifications using the Twitter.com settings area. I also explore the Twitter notifications settings on the Twitter mobile app for iOS/iPhone, which is similar to the iPad interface. There are some similarities with the Android Twitter app, too.
My general advice for mobile users is to A) check the phone’s general settings > Notifications to turn on/off the types of notifications associated with the Twitter app (for instance, in iOS, banner or lock screen notifications) and B) in the Twitter app itself, look for the gear icon to get into the app settings.
One other note about Twitter email notifications: These generally show up in multiple places — your email inbox on your desktop, and on your mobile phone. Be sure to tackle them when you adjust the individual notifications on Twitter.com.
Without further ado, here’s the video that explains it all. When you are finished, please consider sharing it or liking it:
If you’ve set up your Twitter account to send you Twitter SMS notifications, you may wonder how you can stop the flow of notifications … or only get the Twitter texts that matter to you.
In this 3 minute video, you’ll learn how to dig into the Twitter settings to adjust Twitter’s mobile notifications. It’s relatively easy to set up Twitter so you just receive important notifications — for instance, when you’ve been mentioned on Twitter by people you know, or when you’ve been retweeted. You can disable other notifications, or disable all of the SMS messages you receive via Twitter.
Another useful feature is to disable Twitter texts during certain times of the day. Obviously, shutting off the notifications when you are sleeping makes sense. Other people may want to control the flow of notifications during working hours, or set up a schedule that conserves your phone’s battery.
It will happen to you at least once in the first few months that you use Twitter: You’ll need to know how to delete tweets. Maybe the tweet contains a typo, or information that you later discovered was wrong. Or, it could be something embarrassing that you don’t want your friends, colleagues, or followers to see. This short video shows the steps required to delete a tweet:
The video is based on the material from Chapter 5 of Twitter In 30 Minutes. You can see the rest of the contents of the guide, or you can buy the Twitter guide in ebook, paperback, or PDF formats.
You’ve seen them in advertisements and on television screens, and if you’re a newcomer to Twitter, you’ve noticed many of the people you follow use them in their tweets. What are Twitter hashtags? Basically, it’s a word that has the hashtag or pound symbol appended to the front. But when you type a hashtagged word into a tweet, it links information and events in special ways, as the video below shows:
Perhaps you want to clean out your “Following” list on Twitter. Or, you’ve discovered someone in your timeline who is a bit too self-promotional or irritating … and it’s time for them to go! This two-minute video shows two methods for unfollowing people on Twitter. It’s a basic Twitter lesson, but one’s that important if you want to improve the quality of your timeline.
The video is based on the material from Chapter 3 of Twitter In 30 Minutes. You can see the rest of the contents of the guide, or you can buy the Twitter guide in ebook, paperback, or PDF formats.