Twitter Mobile App - Privacy Settings

I generally use the HootSuite app to manage my Twitter account, but sometimes is is useful to use the Twitter app directly.  If you do use (or have installed) the mobile app, you need to be aware that Twitter is rolling out an update to check what other apps you have installed on your SmartPhone or tablet so Twitter can see how you use your device.

The update is designed to target you with suggested content and advertising which is more personal.  The data that Twitter will collect is limited to the names of the apps you’ve installed, it said on its Support page. Other information, such as what you share or how often you use the apps, won’t be collected. Twitter says that this data will help the company improve a few features, including the “who to follow” suggestions that it bases on your interests.

When is this happening?

There is no fixed date when the ‘app graph’ (as it is called) is being rolled out.  When you have it, you will be notified by a prompt stating “to help tailor your experience, Twitter uses the apps on your device”.

Twitter App Graph Prompt

I  don’t want Twitter to see my apps

1. You can opt out of Interest-based ads across your device:

On an iOS device tap Settings > Privacy > Advertisin> Opt out of Interest-based ads

On an Android device, tap Settings > Accounts > Google > Ads > Opt out of Interest based advertising

If you have already set these, Twitter will not collect information about your apps unless you change that setting.

2. However if you have not already opted out and accidentally close the above message without tapping ‘review settings’ (we’ve all been there), but still want to turn the app graph off (or make sure it is off), follow these steps:

Twitter for Android:

  1. Tap the overflow icon
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap the account you’d like to adjust.
  4. Under Other, you can adjust the setting for Tailor Twitter based on my apps.

 Using Twitter for iOS:

  1. From the Me tab, tap the gear icon
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap the account you’d like to adjust.
  4. Under Privacy, you can adjust the setting to Tailor Twitter based on my apps (there is an issue with this not displaying correcting.  Twitter states you need to contact if you are having problems).

How about other applications?

Twitter is being quite open and visible about the fact that they are doing this.  Other applications also look at how you are using your mobile device – they are just more sneaky about it.  What do you think about this? Do share in the comments.