How to bypass Twitter's "See more Tweets from" and "See what's happening" prompts
When you browse Twitter in a web browser without being signed in, you will soon run into roadblocks as Twitter displays "see more tweets from" and "see what's happening" messages after a brief moment.
The type of prompt depends on whether you are browsing tweets or individual conversations. The "See more Tweets from" prompt is displayed when you browse the posts of a Twitter user or organization that is on Twitter, and the "See what's happening" prompt is displayed when you open a tweet and read the replies.
Interestingly enough, there seems to be no prompt when you browse a tag on Twitter.
Twitter's prompt ask you to sign in to an account or sign up for one. While that may be a good option for some users, the lack of option to browse Twitter without account is an annoyance to others.
Nitter is a third-party Twitter instance that you may open in any web browser. It is a privacy-first speed optimized front-end for Twitter that offers the following benefits:
- Open Source.
- Requests go through the Nitter backend, no direct contact between client and Twitter.
- Support for RSS feeds.
The main downside to using Nitter is that it relies on instances, and some of these may go down at times or permanently.
The Nitter Instances Uptime page lists the instances, and you can pick one that is active at the time to browse Twitter. Once you have opened the instance in your web browser of choice, you may start using to browse Twitter content.
Use the search option to find content that you are interested in, or, simply modify the URL of the instance by copying the Twitter URL over (without the twitter.com part obviously).
Firefox and Chrome users may check out the extension Nitter Redirect (Firefox, Chrome), which redirects Twitter content to Nitter automatically. It may be useful for users who land on Twitter regularly, either from searches or direct links posted on other sites.
You may browse individual Twitter channels, tweets by Twitter users, browse tags or look at media content posted on Twitter. All content is delivered quickly and in a privacy-friendly manner.
Nitter is a useful service that is ideal for users who don't want to create a Twitter account or sign-in to one, but want to browse content posted on Twitter without being blocked from doing so. One downside of Nitter is that there is no way of interacting with content outside of reading and accessing it.
Now You: do you use Twitter?
uBlock Origin add rule to the ‘My Filters’ tab
twitter.com##html:style(overflow: unset !important)
Nope, not working for me.
Depends of the page’s content of course, I don’t visit Twitter so this is just for a try … I do use this overlay buster for a few sites flawlessly.
There’s a line missing. Try this:
You forgot one line:
twitter.com##html:style(overflow: auto !important;)
It works so much faster than real Twitter. Just like the 3rd party Reddit mobile apps. Also like Invidious for YouTube.
I don’t understand why the real deal is a slow, sluggish and bloated mess and some crappy 3rd party alternative works flawlessly and puts the original to shame.
Also search functionality is better on Nitter which makes me wonder – why is Twitter website so bad and downright useless!
Lowly paid programmers produce sad code.
Website nowadays use tons of scripts, try disabling the script and see big the difference
Twitter doesn’t work without JS, hence nitter.
There is a better option: don’t use twitter at all!
I don’t have an account but I appreciate browsing content posted on Twitter; Nitter instances allow just that indeed, as Teddit instances for Reddit, Invidious and Piped for YouTube, not to mention several other alternatives (which I don’t use myself), including to Wikipedia (here I only use a redirection script to shift Wikimedia pages to their mobile interface, much faster and my choice given I only need their articles content. Lacks Wikipedia’s Save as PDF, for which I’ve crafted a dedicated script as well).
Nitter instances on GitHub : [https://github.com/zedeus/nitter/wiki/Instances]
Very interesting, thanks @Martin! :]
I don’t have a twitter account, never have but do occasionally follow a link or click on a video that opens on twitter. I’ve not run into those overlays, maybe because I stay on twitter for as short a time as possible, then immediately clear cookies/history, etc.
Social media site visits make me feel like I just cleaned up vomit, dirty: “Must wash, must wash…”
Last time I was forced to open facebook it blocked me from seeing anything beside a signup overlay, a good thing, facebook is malware.
uMatrix blocks cookies, then never appears to me this login prompt
uBlock or Adguard or ABP should be able to do it because they allow many things that other adblockers don’t allow, Brave is close to what uBlock offers but only for internal lists, if you use custom rules, they are limited in what they can do so useless for the user who likes to add scriplets injection rules or anything like that, but great for internal lists.
Tampermonkey with a userscript should be even better and maybe someone made it already so easier.
An extension would be a nice option but I hate installing 1 extension for a thing when tampermonkey or even the adblocker can do it and might do it in a faster way.
Nitter is nice, but the problem is how you can’t trust all instances, sometimes they don’t see the messages, sometimes they fail to do simple stuff, sometimes they don’t even work at all, or something fails.
Yandex is the only search engine that displays Nitter results from time to time, but you know, you hope the instance they gave you is not the one that is broken.
I also don’t like much how you have to click and go to another page to see more comments, they have the infinite scrolling so I wish they would have added the same for comments.
So it is nice, simpler, seems like translator has a better time in Nitter than Twitter, but sometimes too many instances cause problems, and if there was a way to quickly switch instances would be nice but trying different domains is boring, but it is fine I guess.
Using twitter is not like it will improve my life anyway, but Nitter should have already made the user experience better and build a better thing around instances, they have a list, they should be able to re-direct to any instance if the other doesn’t work.
> “[…] and if there was a way to quickly switch [Niitter] instances would be nice but trying different domains is boring, but it is fine I guess.”
In my experience Nitter instances encounter less issues than other alternative services’ instances such as Invidious for YouTube, nevertheless I agree this may occur occasionally. Personally I’ve set a dedicated bookmarklet sub-folder in Firefox’s Bookmarks Toolbar to which I’ve added 5 simple scripts to handle 5 Nitter instances, allowing to switch easily from one to another :
Without the brackets of course :
// TWITTER to NIT-1-nitter.net (DE)
// TWITTER to NIT-nitter.42l.fr (FR)
// TWITTER to NIT-nitter.fdn.fr (FR)
// TWITTER to NIT-nitter.pussthecat.org (DE)
// TWITTER to NIT-nitter.unixfox.eu (NL)
Add/remove Nitter instances instances, be cautious to run the bookmarklets only when applicable of course, et voila.
Gosh, copy/paste mistake, again … of course I should have pasted this :
// TWITTER to NIT-1-nitter.net (DE)
For instance, with Ghacks on Nitter.net …
Simply reloading the twitter webpage solves the “See more Tweets from” issue for me: the prompt goes away and does not reappear.
Expanding my own comment above: Simply reloading the twitter webpage in private mode on my browser, solves the “See more Tweets from” issue for me: the prompt goes away and does not reappear.
Simple solution: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/behind_the_overlay/
After installation just click the toolbar button to remove whatever is blocking the page from being read.
As you know, this doesn’t work. (Sigh.) Sad that twitter has made it impossible to read more than a few tweets from anyone before a pop-up blocks you from reading any more. But that’s their decision, and it simply means that neither I nor anyone else can read more than a couple of tweets from anyone before being blocked.
So the only reasonable decision is to abandon twitter completely. Never had an account, never will, so just walk away.
Too bad. But they did it to themselves. It is a shame that currently technology doesn’t allow bypassing these kinds of blocks, but, then again, when programmers control an entire platform, they can insure that their blocks can never be bypassed.
Ian, use ublock, go to settings and my filters
use this filer:
twitter.com##html:style(overflow: auto !important;)
Really helpful article, the nitter resource works! Thanks.