Twitter, a place to feel bad about the world and yourself, is still useful for a few things. You might only follow their actual friends on it, or use it as a news aggregator, or a place to follow accounts collecting art, or music, or funny videos. But Twitter will try very hard to make you follow more people, “discover” more “trends,” and click on ads. Here’s how to cut out the parts you don’t like.
Writer John Pavlus built a custom stylesheet that hides a lot of the Twitter interface. You can use it too, if you follow these instructions from Pavlus’s website:
Install the Stylus extension for Chrome
Install Pavlus’s stylesheet, Tame Twitter
Open Stylus from the extensions menu, and edit the stylesheet
As the site explains, you can bring certain elements back, but by default it blocks a lot, even the ability to tweet, like, or retweet. (Above, I manually re-enabled a few features.) So if you want, you can turn Twitter into a pure link blog with no interactivity, and distract yourself without distractions.
How I redesigned Twitter to be mostly harmless | Fast Company