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Yes, You Can Use Twitter Without an Account! Here’s How

Mihir Patkar 21-07-2016

From Presidents and business leaders to entertainers and entrepreneurs, people both famous and not-so-famous are making news on Twitter these days. It’s reached a point where everyone needs Twitter in their lives.


However, that doesn’t mean you need an account to keep up with that’s happening. Twitter’s open nature lets anyone check out the micro-blogging social network without requiring a registration.

Whether you want to see what’s trending or follow one user in particular, it’s all possible without using an account. Here’s how to Twitter without signing up.

Follow What’s Happening or Trending News

A few months ago, Twitter introduced a new homepage for those who aren’t users already. So now, if you go to, it will show you the latest trending tweets in your country from various categories such as news, entertainment, sports, politics, and so on. It’s a quick look at what’s the latest on the social network without diving deep in.


Each category here has several sub-categories to add further dimension. Twitter calls these “Streams”, where they have collated some of the more famous Twitter users to create a custom timeline How to Switch to a Chronological Twitter Timeline Twitter now allows you to switch between chronological and curated timelines. Here's everything you need to know... Read More .


For example, under politics, there are separate streams for public utilities and for political parties. So if you’re only interested in the action undertaken by politicians without the actual politics, public utilities will give you the updates you want. These vary by nation, so you’ll have to browse to find the right one for you.


The search bar will let you also search for a hashtag that is bound to be getting focus at the moment. For those who don’t know, hashtags bind multiple tweets about a certain topic. For example, searching for #Wimbledon during the Men’s Singles Final showed me everything that the world was thinking about while watching Andy Murray and Milos Raonic battle it out on court.

Apart from the official Twitter app, some third-party services do a fantastic job of finding the buzzing hashtags and collating tweets based on them. Often, you need to follow the news on Twitter, so these can be really handy.



  • Trends24: A simple, hourly updated list of the top trending topics at any point, Trends24 always keeps all the topics from the past 24 hours for you to browse. You can filter this based on country, or check out the default worldwide view.
  • The Hash Today: How is Twitter reacting to news today, or maybe even shaping it? The Hash Today is kind of like a digital newspaper based on Twitter, featuring a Wikipedia brief to tell you what the hashtag is all about, along with the important tweets about it recently. You can also grab iOS and Android apps for The Hash Today.

Follow Particular Users

Twitter lets you read anyone’s tweets without needing an account, unless someone has locked their account (and there are plenty of reasons to use a private Twitter account Get The Most Out Of Using Twitter Privately If you use Twitter, you've probably noticed that by default your profile is set to public. Have you ever wondered how to make your Twitter account private or even why you should? It's probably safe... Read More ). You could either search for that user on Twitter itself, or search for them on Google.


For example, to find the Apple CEO’s account to track big tech moments on Twitter, just search “Tim Cook Twitter” on Google and you’ll see the account along with a preview of its latest tweets. Searching on Google is a better idea since not everyone gets to use their own name for their account, so a Google search is likely to offer better clues.


Pro Tip: Since tweets can be embedded, when you’re searching for a slightly famous personality, check an article claiming to quote them. In that article, you’ll see the embedded tweet or at least a screenshot of it, so you can follow the right person using that information.

Once you find the user’s Twitter handle, you can bookmark that page to look it up in the future. In case you use RSS feeds and readers, there’s a trick to turn timelines into RSS feeds, even though it’s not officially supported by Twitter.


Queryfeed is one of the only sites that converts Twitter accounts into RSS feeds. Scroll down to “Alternative Twitter Search” and key in the account you want to follow, with the “@” symbol. Without the “@”, you’ll get an RSS feed for all tweets (including replies, retweets, and everything else) that includes the username, so it’s probably not what you want.



Click the “Search” button and copy the URL you see (ignore the long text wall you see, or things like “This XML file does not appear to have any style information”). Go to your favorite RSS reader and add that URL as a new feed to get all the recent tweets from that account, and all future updates.

Follow or Find Twitter Lists

You don’t need to always follow individual accounts on Twitter. Twitter Lists are collections of multiple accounts, tracking their every update. They’ll help you keep tabs on thriving Twitter communities that line up with your interests. Often, this is what you’re looking for. Again, they’ll need to be public lists and not private.


For example, let’s say you’re a fan of Game of Thrones. You want to avoid Game of Thrones spoilers, but you want to follow what the actors of the show have to say on Twitter. So you could just check the Game of Thrones cast and crew List to see their tweets.

Unfortunately, you can’t turn Lists into RSS feeds, so you’ll need to bookmark the page to check it later.


Searching for or finding lists can be a little difficult. Check Electoral’s Twitter List Search to find exactly what you want.

Search for Any Tweet or User

Twitter’s Advanced Search is one of those tips Twitter pros don’t even know about, and it surprisingly doesn’t need an account to use. With its many options, you’ll be able to locate the right tweet or user any time.


You can sort your results based on keywords or phrases (from exact to “OR”, like those Google Search parameters), add hashtags, filter by language, add which accounts sent it or received it, restrict by time or place, and even dictate the mood or sentiment of the tweet, like happy or sad. You can even search Twitter by location How to Search Twitter by Location This short guide will show you how to search Twitter by location to find tweets from any particular place. Read More . It’s dead simple to use and once you get accustomed to it, you’ll always be able to find the exact tweet you are looking for.

Do You Have a Twitter Account?

We’re confident that with these tips, you’ll be able to get the most out of Twitter whether you have an account or not. In fact, if you are someone who rarely checks your account, you could even delete your account by applying these techniques.

And if you end up joining with an account, learn everything you need to know about Twitter DMs, try these Twitter tools, and be sure to check out these unwritten Twitter rules. You’ll also enjoy these Twitter tools to discover the best and funniest tweets 5 Twitter Tools to Discover the Best and Funniest Tweets Here are a few tools to discover the best and funniest tweets, and ensure you don't miss out on some of its best moments.  Read More .

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  1. Alisa
    August 20, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    I apologize in advance for this exclamation being long but their are multiple issues that I am having related to this article’s instructions not working at all. I beg people to please read what I am explaining even though it is long because I truly do want and do you need help. Thank you in advance.

    I do have an actual Twitter account and I tried creating a separate identity for myself as in a separate account because I wanted to use it for political purposes as in voicing my opinions. I eventually got suspended or had my account locked by Twitter puritanical political demagogue thugs for things that they said were hate speech. I hate to tell Twitter but so sorry calling someone a whore who is a bigamist that married her own brother and is now divorcing her husband and dating a married man I would say is actually not hate speech, it is an accurate description, so to Twitter I say, get over yourself. If calling someone a whore is hate speech then how come 3/4 of the teenage population hasn’t been arrested yet?

    I tried to create yet another new Twitter account and what a mess it turned into! I had discovered in trying to create yet another new account that even though the sign-up says to use an email or a phone number to associate to the new Twitter account the scumbags a Twitter have programmed their sign-up to not recognize an email address but instead to only recognize a phone number and as you can guess I had already use my phone number on my main Twitter account which is still in good standing. I went to the length of my attempt to create the third Twitter account to create a Google voice number which worked to create that second account which was banned. When I tried to create another Google voice phone number I found out that Google voice requires that you associate a phone number (it can’t be another Google voice phone number either) so I was again screwed because my phone number was in use and associated to my first Google voice phone number and I could not find a way to eliminate that second phone number from Google so that I could free up my cell phone number (that’s all I have I do not have a landline like most people) so that I could go ahead and create another Google voice number to be able to associate to a new Twitter account. Can anyone help me to kill that Google voice phone number I created to free up my cell phone so that given the need I can create a new Google voice phone number if I ever need it?

    This is the part of my long term saga where I decided to give up on creating a Twitter account and go ahead and investigate if it’s possible to participate in Twitter activities such as following people and getting their tweets like a subscription and being able to tweet at people both specifically and in general and to find a way to get followers without a Twitter account. I just followed the instructions in this article and they don’t work. I live off of my iPad and when I tried to go to the address provided by this article it automatically pops me onto and does not let me go to the page described in this article. The page that it takes me two is 100% Ltd. to sign in or sign up. Can anybody help me deal with anything to get rid of this page that Safari hits instead of the regular page described in this article?

  2. Gloria Clifford
    April 18, 2019 at 9:21 am

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  3. Judith Marson
    March 2, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    I’m so fed up with Aldi customer service. I’ve been messed about for months. My sewing machine was sent for repair in Oct/November. I got it back and it had been badly damaged in transit. I’ve been waiting for confirmation to return it. I’ve been in constant contact with them about returning it. Yesterday I received a email saying it would be collected today. About 3.30 I received another email saying it would be collected between 9 and 5. I never got the email until I got back from a doctors appointment. So seeing as the first email said it would be collected today between 9and 5. I was waiting but no one turned up. I’ve sent more emails but no reply as yet. I have been unable to use it now for nearly six months that’s six months of my guarantee gone. Their customer service is rubbish and I wouldn’t recommend anyone to buy electric appliances from Aldi.

  4. Another viewer suckered
    February 23, 2019 at 8:45 am

    The "HOW" to tweet without an account was left out.
    Useless site.......!!!!

  5. Ty Hardin
    October 17, 2018 at 6:16 am

    Lindsey Graham is a cocksucking cockroach

  6. GORGO
    September 4, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    I don't have a n account but I do have something to say. If someone with an account would pass this to trump. I can see Sessions quitting if trump would pass a law freeing up the marijuana industry. Put the law into effect and then pardon all the people incarcerated for using illegal weed. Get rid of Sessions, save money, be happy.

  7. Harry
    July 12, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    The scandal where Twitter was uploading (aka, "stealing") account holders' contact information has scared me off from signing up with them. If they had issued a clear and unambiguous apology, that would be one thing. But they preferred to sweep it under the rug, and as a result, I can't trust them.

  8. ron chasr
    June 9, 2018 at 3:44 am

    i made a twitter account and for some reason it locked me out. it is asking me for my phone no. to unlock. i dont want to give them my phone no.(i gave them my email). now i cant even delete my account. help would be appreciated.

  9. KERR
    December 18, 2017 at 5:08 am

    Any android apps for reading twitter without an account? If you use the webpage, after doing some reading, twitter puts up a full screen annoying wall asking you to login or install the app. I refuse to create an account just to avoid this nag screen!

    • Al
      December 21, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      I'm having the same problem with the nag screen on Android web Twitter Lite. There is no way I'm going to "join" or fall into the app advertising trap. I have a life and I plan to keep it.

      #don'tjoinTwitter <-- (btw, I have no idea how this imaginary hashtag works, but I see the like frequently)

  10. Tom Bennett
    July 23, 2017 at 12:44 am

    Here's a difference I noticed when looking at a Twitter account -- e.g., for CNN's Brian Stelter at:

    Notice the three major headings
    Tweets & replies

    You'll find that unless you are logged in you cannot view the tweets in the heading "Tweets & replies." The other two are okay.

    This may be a recent change. I'm not sure.

  11. Joe Coleman
    June 27, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Here's another twitter/(non-twitter) tool that shows all "MSM" news, @realdonaldtrump @potus together & separately. Even Trump's personal twitter feed.

  12. Anonymous
    July 21, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    When you say one can use Twitter without an account, that is not entirely true. You can follow others' accounts, but you cannot send tweets. Or did I misunderstand?