Random trivia: Calling Twitter4J's getRateLimitStatus() counts as a ding against your Twitter rate limit. Simply removing that line allowed me to plow through 2500+ deletes without a single rate limit cap.
These 12 phantom tweets will drive me crazy.
The rest of the article makes sense:
"Large tech companies like to be where the highest concentration of skilled tech workers is. Entrepreneurs want to be where the venture capitalists are. Venture capitalists want to be near both the skilled workers who can staff new firms and the established firms who may buy the companies. People with skills want to go where the venture capital and the employers are."
It's a virtuous cycle and that makes it very hard for cities like St. Louis, for example, to create a comparable tech culture.
I started by deleting as many tweets as I could see. This led to Twitter reporting over 5,000 tweets from me but showing the message "You haven't tweeted yet" on my profile page.
I wondered if waiting several weeks would change things. So I waited...and nothing changed. All those old tweets are somewhere, but unavailable from my timeline or the mobile app.
Tonight I learned you can ask Twitter to bulk export all your historical tweets. After processing for a few minutes, they give you a link to download your data. The data comes in a ZIP containing a bunch of JSON files.
With that data in hand, I was able to grab all my historic tweet identifiers. I then registered a dummy app with Twitter so I could obtain an OAuth consumer key, consumer secret, access token, and access secret.
Using the Twitter4J library, I'm now methodically deleting all my old tweets. It's painfully slow due to rate limiting. You can delete about 15 tweets, at which time you're locked out for 15 minutes. So I'll let this app run continuously over the next several days until all my old tweets are gone.
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