Howto: Remove Twitter’s Trending Topics

by @edent | # | 2 comments | Read ~143 times.

Twitter’s trending topics are… inflammatory. Probably deliberately so in order to drive engagement. It’s a mix of “who shall we hate today” and lowest-common-denominator “celebrity” gossip. I hate it. There are various ways you can block content on the web – but they usually involve installing a plugin to your browser.

Here’s a simple hack to remove the sidebar – or, at the very least, make it a lot less annoying.

  1. Go to twitter.com/settings/explore
  2. Set the location to a city whose language you don’t speak. I don’t speak Japanese, so I set it to Tokyo.
    Twitter settings page showing Tokyo.

And here’s what my trending topics look like now:

A list of Japanese topics.

I now have zero idea what’s going on! I’ve no idea if those are political scandals, TV shows, or whatever.

You can go one step further.

Set your location to China
China usually only has one trend: “Beijing”
Beijing's trending topics.

Tap “I’m not interested in this”

Not interested in this

🥳 Trends is now gone

Blank screen

It would be lovely if Twitter let you customise your web experience. But, in the absence of that, I hope you find this tip useful.

2 thoughts on “Howto: Remove Twitter’s Trending Topics

  1. love this hack 🙌

  2. that’s smart. I have South Korean ones, but didn’t realise you could remove them completely using your method.


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