Twitter Search Data & History: How To Clear It Quickly
New Twitter features have been released to give you more control over the content you post, what you see in search and how your behavior affects your account.
Twitter has added new features steadily over the past few years, with advanced search and their push to limit abuse on the platform, Twitter are on a mission to make the network more friendly and accommodating to the masses.
Your Twitter search history is part of your Twitter data, this is what Twitter uses to populate your interests. It is also used to influence the kind of ads you see in your feed.
When you first sign up to twitter, you are prompted to follow a few accounts and search for interesting people you would like to follow. When you do this, Twitter starts to build a profile about you.
Your Twitter Data
Your Twitter data includes all the information Twitter holds about you, including search history, the celebrities you like, your movie preferences, political preferences, sports preferences and career and general information.
Twitter now provides an option for you to request an archive of this information. We will explain how below.
This data is built up over time from your Twitter activity, the kinds of things you search for, who you follow, what you say, like and the things you retweet.
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It is effective in helping Twitter provide a personalized experience for you on the platform.
The personalized experiences include advertisements as previously mentioned, suggested accounts to follow and the hashtags and moments displayed to you.
Twitter Search History
Your Twitter search history is a collection of searches that you have made over a period of time.
When you search for something on Twitter, it is saved in your search history to make it easier to access it next time you want to search for it again or search for something similar.
Your Twitter search history is also a good indicator of what your interests have been over time and how they have changed. It is also used by Twitter to personalize your experience as mentioned before.
The methods listed below will work with advanced search and can be done using the app.
Why Clear Twitter Search History?
The main reasons why people will clear their search history or alter the data that Twitter holds about them is:
- They have realized that their Twitter account has been restricted.
- They want to remove clutter from the search page.
- They no longer want to search for the same things.
How To Clear Your Twitter Search History
There are two main ways of clearing your Twitter search history:
- Clearing the history on the search page.
- Clearing your history through your Twitter data.
Clearing Your Twitter History from the search page
This first option is the relatively unobtrusive way to clear your history and start afresh. Access Twitter login and enter your username and password to sign in.
The best way to clear your history is by accessing the app on your smartphone, tablet or computer, click on the search bar and when you see your recent searches click on the x next to recent.
This will create a prompt for you to confirm if you want to clear your history. Click on clear and your history is gone!
Clearing Your Twitter History from Twitter Data
The second way to clear your search history is by going through your Twitter data. This method is not recommended by us because it will clear the information that Twitter holds about you. It is an indirect way to clear you Twitter and start a new one.
When you clear this information, you may lose some of the personalized experiences you had on Twitter, like related ads, hashtags and recommended accounts.
You can access your Twitter data from the settings page. Scroll down to find Twitter data, as seen in the snapshot below.
Clearing your Twitter search history in 2018 is an effective, hassle-free way to start fresh on Twitter. It may help you remove restrictions on your account and can be done by simply accessing the search page and clearing the history straight from the app.
You can also request an archive of all the information Twitter holds about you from the Twitter data settings screen.