Make Your Own Distraction-Free Twitter Interface

Make Your Own Distraction-Free Twitter Interface

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.

ImageScreenshot: Twitter

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:

  1. Install the Stylus extension for Chrome

  2. Install Pavlus’s stylesheet, Tame Twitter

  3. 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.

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  • Nice. There’s so much ass-hattery out there in the world that I don’t actually get to see unless one of my friends drags it into my feed through retweets, like a well-meaning cat bringing you the corpse of a small animal.

    (I really don’t want that here, please, I know they’re trying to be helpful, but I could do without seeing what fresh lie or ignorance Donald Trump is putting on display today; we reached the bottom a really long time ago, reminders serve no purpose.)

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