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Twitter Notifications

The other day I was seething about my inability to turn off a particular type of Twitter notification in the Twitter Android app.

I’m talking about ones that say something like “@user1 and @user2 are talking about #subject” and urging me to join the conversation.

My problem is that these just aren’t intelligent. If there was a sports event taking place, then people I follow who like that kind of sport might well be talking about it. But you know what? I’m well aware that if I want to talk sport on Twitter, I can do.

The notifications are just annoying. I try to keep all Android app notifications down to what I consider the most important ones. What I consider important and what you consider important may vary. But I just want to be able to control them.

Of course, I could just turn off all notifications and be done. But on the other hand, I quite like getting relevant notifications – perhaps when people have replied to something I’ve said or asked, or want to ask me something.

Anyway, it turns out that there is a solution, even though it’s not very intuitive – at least to me.

To turn off these “recommendations” you should go press the menu button (top right) and choose Settings. Then select your account – you may have more than one of course. Press the name of the correct account.

It was the next bit that fooled me. All I could see was a general “Notifications” menu item with a check box. But it turns out that there’s a sub-menu underneath! If you press the word Notifications you can configure exactly which kind of notifications Twitter can send you. You want to turn off Recommendations.

I also think that you need to restart the app to make it work.

I hope that works for you…


You may also have to turn off News and Other to get this to work. I found that Recommendations didn’t seem to be enough. Quite what News and Other may have delivered anyway, I’m not sure, but I don’t feel that I’m missing out on anything so far.