Hides all the metrics on Twitter.
The Twitter interface is filled with numbers. These numbers, or metrics, measure and present our social value and activity online, enumerating followers, likes, retweets, and more. But what are the effects of these numbers on who we follow, what we post, or how we feel when we use the site? Inviting us to consider these questions through our own experience, Twitter Demetricator is a web browser extension that hides the metrics. Follower, like, and notification counts disappear. “29.2K Tweets” under a trending hashtag becomes, simply, “Tweets”. Through changes like these, Demetricator lets us try out Twitter without the numbers, to see what happens when we can no longer judge ourselves and others in metric terms. With this artwork, I aim to disrupt our obsession with social media metrics, to reveal how they guide our behavior, and to ask who most benefits from a system that quantifies our public interactions online. Works with https://twitter.com and https://tweetdeck.twitter.com. 100% support for many language versions of Twitter, including English, English (UK), German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, Norwegian, Hungarian, and Sweedish; near full support for many other languages. https://bengrosser.com/projects/twitter-demetricator/
- (2020-08-22) omar benaidy: thanks man. was looking for something like this for ages it doesn't work for me for trends but it's ok for me since i don't look their too much anyways thanks and have a great day.
- (2020-08-13) Gnarly: Doesn't work anymore, now shows that everyone has a like, retweet, and comment. (the little dots)
- (2020-07-27) Opening Theme: Thank you. Exactly what I needed to be able to use the platform without having a spiralling meltdown.
- (2020-07-26) Grey: doesn't work, doesn't actually ask for permission for changing site data, but for reading browser history instead obvious spyware
- (2020-02-16) Fumiya I: Awesome. I used to hate see my twitter info all time I do tweeting. This one helps me a lot.
- (2019-12-15) Li Lai: Exactly what the other user said below—this extension works beautifully and instantly, but I also wish that timestamps weren't removed from posts.
- (2019-09-15) Charles H: I entirely rely on this extension to use Twitter. I consider Twitter's methods to be psychological warfare, exploiting our obsession with numbers and being the best. I started using this extension 2 years ago and it's helped me so much at uncoupling my sense of self worth with the scores my art and animations get. Now all I care about are the comments. My sense of how something does now is only vague, like "Oh this got a lot of comments" or "this didn't get as many" and this is often not indicative of the actual score. I've gotten tons of connections and opportunities without having to obsess about metrics. I seriously fear the time when this extension stops working. It's so blissful using Twitter without worrying about how I stack up. I'm doing fine.
- (2019-03-16) Daniel Gratz: So glad this exists! I've been hesitant to try twitter for years, weary of the effects it might have on me socially. I simply was unwilling to give over the time and energy I imagined I might give to something so well designed to tap into my ego. Having discovered this, I'm finally willing to give Twitter a shot. Thank you! This is one I'll share with my friends. P.S. My only gripe, also mentioned by another reviewer, is that this extension (the Facebook one as well) lacks the ability to choose which metrics are hidden (I especially would like to be able to see the timestamps sometimes). That said, I understand the circumstances around this extension's development. If the user base ever reaches a point where monetary incentive from the community allows further development of Ben's extensions, I hope he knows I'd be a happy paying customer.
- (2019-01-27) Matt Thurmond: Works great. Creates a very different, more calm and mindful twitter experience. It even encourages me to interact and post *more* since I'm less aware of and concerned with my metrics being low in comparison with those of others. I'm recommending this to friends.
- (2018-07-14) Atika Azzahra Akbar: this is really what i needed but it would be nice if the tweet's posted time wasn't hidden.
- (2018-05-25, v:1.0.1) Riley: Customization
I'm glad I found this extension, because I'm constantly experiencing anxiety over my follower count... however, there are some things I would like to still see the numbers on, like amount of likes or retweets. Would it be possible to allow users to toggle which numbers to block?