The whitelist feature allows for users to keep certain retweets on their profile permanently so that they do not get deleted at every unretweet cycle.
To whitelist a retweet will require the tweet’s ID. You can find the tweet ID by clicking on the tweet and it will be the sequence of numbers at the end of the web address (shown above). Make sure that at this point you have not retweeted the tweet yet. Now copy the 18-digit number, sign in on spamcleaner.co website and paste it into the given box labeled insert tweet id (shown below).
After you paste the number, click on “add to retweet whitelist.” Now you can go back to twitter to retweet that tweet and it will never be unretweeted from your timeline.
Protection refers to the Spamcleaner feature located at the bottom of the user panel. It was created to help users delete unauthorized tweets posted from their accounts in periods of inactivity.
The feature is intended to be activated when you’re not using Twitter (because sleeping, in class, on vacation etc) but have your account available on Tweetdeck/Hootsuite for peers to retweet from it.
Now and then the common Tdeck/Hootsuite password is leaked to unaffiliated third parties (hackers) who can use it to mass retweet their own accounts or, worse, to make offensive/false statements on your behalf that can alienate followers and damage your reputation.
Because retweets are cleaned by spamcleaner, unauthorized tweets would normally remain on the timeline until the user deletes them. And if the user is offline for one reason or another while this happens, such unauthorized tweets can stay up for hours, even days triggering hostile attacks from nonfollowers and followers alike. With protection, on the other hand, unauthorized tweets would stay up for at most 10 minutes and the damage can be negligible.
To activate protection you have to set a time interval for which you want it to be on. The image below shows how to set protection for the next 4h (from 5am to 9am). You first set the starting time, to do so click on the from field, a calendar will appear with hours displayed on the right. Pick a time and do the same with the to field (end time). Now click on activate protection and you should see a green notification saying that the date range has been saved.
Now that protection has been activated all tweets posted in the saved time range will be deleted right after being posted. If you want to tweet before the saved end time (9am in the above example), all you have to do is click on the turn off protection button and new tweets won’t be deleted anymore.
I’ve explained this several times in various chatrooms but I keep getting complaints about a (nonexistent) technical issue/glitch that deletes tweets. People, listen up and listen good.
There is no glitch, just a big misunderstanding. When you sign in on Spamcleaner you see 3 sections:
- Unretweet frequency section (top);
- Retweet clean-up section (in the middle);
- Protection (bottom).
When using the app for the first time the only section you want to use is the top one. It basically ensures that your retweets are undone periodically at a set frequency. There are 3 frequencies you can pick: every 5 minutes, every 10 minutes or every 15 minutes. To activate unretweeting you first select the respective frequency tab and then click on set unretweet frequency. That’s it, this is all you have to do for spamcleaner to clean your retweets periodically. If you do just this, none of your tweets will be deleted.
Rumors of a presumed spamcleaner glitch are spread by people who have activated the bottom protection section. Protection is a feature that can be used in many ways (I’ll dedicate a post to it) but what it fundamentally does is let you set a time interval (you pick a starting time and ending time, look at image below) and then delete all tweets and/or retweets created in such interval after you click on activate protection.
The last user who reported the (nonexistent) tweet-delete glitch had activated protection for the Jan/2007-Dec/2018 time interval. As result his old tweets were being deleted as well as the new ones. To resolve the issue he had to click once on the turn off protection button.
The scope of this blog will be not only to keep users up to date with the latest Spamcleaner developments but also to provide actionable insights on how to empower you as a Twitter user.
It is no secret that right now our priority group are high-end profiles with a solid following (>100k) and a high volume of interactions. On Twitter, as elsewhere, giving is the secret to getting ahead. An intensive exchange of shares (retweets) can lead though to a dilution of one’s presence in their own timeline which is, in turn, perceived as spam by followers. This is where spamcleaner comes into play. You can clean retweets every 5-10 minutes to pave the way for hundreds of exchanges per day and a higher growth per retweet.
In addition to that, we added new features to delete tweets posted in a to-be-defined timeframe (Version 1.1). This allows users of platforms like Tweetdeck and Hootsuite to limit the amount of unauthorized tweets posted from their accounts in case the common Hootsuite/Tweetdeck account they are using is compromised when they are away.
A new version (1.2) will be released the first week of January. For suggestions use the comment section below.