Aquiring an inactive twitter name

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I have a twitter name for the company I work for I'd like to shorten it, but my preferred name is "used" by someone else, but they signed up in 2007 & has 1 follower & ZERO updates. Is there a way for me to get that account name?
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IN-N-OUT BURGER

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QuantumGood

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If it's over 6 months inactive, you can request it, but you need to wait until Twitter fixes this bug before asking for it:
http://status.twitter.com/post/212318...
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Mine is even weirder...Months ago, checked the username, and it was taken while inactive. Now It's not there any longer! Went on another computer, tried to open a new account with a different email address, but Twitter says that the username in question is already taken...Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Pat Oddy

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I have an unusual name and was baffled to find it in use as a user name by somebody with a completely different forename and surname. Love to know why they chose my name. Their account is inscribe and I'd love to be able to have my name
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jesse

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Where do you request it?
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KatGamer

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Actually this link says 9 months, and they are currently NOT manually releasing usernames. http://help.twitter.com/forums/10713/...
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ChristopherBeau

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How about a robot releasing the inactive usernames that have been inactive for 9 months? The username I was looking at used to be visible, but not any longer...so I went on another pc and tried to get it for myself, BUT it's not available, how can that be, it's like they are in warp space? If a robot was able to remove the inactive account from showing, how is it then that the username didn't go back into the pool?
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Is there any news on this? There is an account that has been inactive for one year now and the page at http://help.twitter.com/forums/26257/... says Twitter is working on "bulk-releasing all inactive usernames".
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Kim Coalson

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I just read the same help topic on twitter +1 year later...guess they are not working on "bulk-releasing all inactive usernames" very hard. C'mon twitter!!
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So where do we request the Inactive Username, I want a username with 0 following and 2 status updates, from aug 2008. This is so difficult. Twitter needs to get on the ball.
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Joy Chen

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Yes I want a link to request an inactive username. Thanks.
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Team BBG

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Same Here: I need my products' twitter name...
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JustAgirl

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I gave up and went with something else instead.
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Mohammad Arfeen

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any updates on this?
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ChristopherBeau

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No, I wish I knew... :)
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David Johns

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Same problem here... dang it... is anyone there Twitter??? Can you hear us??
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Chaz6

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I have received the following official response from Twitter:-

Twitter is only releasing usernames in cases of trademark policy violation. We do plan on bulk releasing all inactive/suspended usernames in the future, but have not yet set a time frame for doing so. For more information about Twitter's policies regarding trademarks, please refer to the following support page:

http://help.twitter.com/forums/26257/...
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I would really(times infinity) like to change my Twitter name to @MRV but this is currently being used by a name squatter. I went through the proper channels and got a ticket (#901817) for my name change request from @stardynasty to @mrv but to my shock this ticket is now listed as resolved when there has actually not been any movement on this issue. I know that Twitter mechanics are probably working day and night to get a functional automated system which purges squatters after 6 months or whatever...but surely there should be some immediate solution! Do i have to first register my handle as a copyright before they'll listen? Very disappointing!
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pandaking

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Wish this feature would get implemented...
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Hipster Doofus

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Also waiting on news from Twitter about this. The account I want has been claimed in September 2006 and has had no updates whatsoever....
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ChristopherBeau

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How about we all email Twitter about this...say, once a day?
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FYI - patience is key... and keep trying... Twitter finally released the name i wanted... and i was able to grab it!

It was annoying to realize that the username i wanted had already been taken... and even more annoying to realize that it was not in use... i tried contacting the people at Twitter and consult a few topics here on Get Satisfaction... however... i was frustrated with the lack of support Twitter offers in releasing username... though i understand their hesitation... as a web developer... i have had clients accidentally let there domain names expire and i would act as a middle man ensuring they get their domain back... if domain registrars let domains go too soon... they would have a lot of unhappy people... anyway... i've done nothing but wait and check for my username every week or two... and last night when checking Twitter... the username i waited months for was available... it's now mine... whoa-who!

there is hope... just be patient and keep trying!
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@Hyperdelicious How long has the account name you were after been unused? Like I said, the username I'm after has not been used ever and is 3,5 years old... will Twitter only delete it after I open a ticket about it, or will they only release it after 4 years of inactivity?
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not sure... greater than six months... perhaps as much as a year... when i first searched for the desired username... Twitter said it was unavailable... when i checked to see who and how it was being used (twitter.com/desiredusername) i was confronted with a "sorry page not found" page... i waited a few days/weeks/months and again attempted to reserve the username... however unsuccessful... then about six months ago i began seeking support via Twitter and here at Get Satisfaction.

also not sure if Twitter has varying stages of deleting and releasing names... i notice some people want name that are still live though inactive... perhaps it takes Twitter a few months to realize that an account is inactive... when it does they might send the user a notice allotting them a few more weeks/months to respond and get active... after more time of inactivity Twitter might send another notice warning them the account will be deleted in a few weeks/days... after more time of inactivity Twitter might then delete the account and inform the user it was deleting offering yet one more chance to retain the username... however not releasing the username to public... perhaps then after not being claimed Twitter will finally release the username.

I can't offer much help or advice other than be patient and keep trying... also note any happenings with the username's url (twitter.com/username) is it live and inactive, do you get a page not found, are they adding followers or following others, perhaps the user is making one post every two months, enough to annoy the snot out of you yet satisfy Twitter, or maybe they only use the account to follow people and you are not seeing their activity, if you are desperate perhaps you can contact the user ask for or offer to buy the name.

Anyway... i must get back to work... i wish everyone luck in getting the Twitter name they want... seems Twitter, Facebook, MySpace usernames are getting just as hard to come by as a good domain name... if you think of a good one you better grab it now... before it's too late.
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I'm as frustrated as the rest of you with Twitter's lack of support.

I work for a big brand in the U.S. and want to change their Twitter handle to a name that is already in use by someone else. We have contacted that someone else and they've said we can have the name. So if they "officially" release the name to us WHY ON EARTH does it take 9 months for it to become active?

Thank you all for this thread. It was here that I found a link that had on its bottom a link to the "submit a request" to Twitter page - which is also not easy to find.

Argh.
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This is completely ridiculous! It wouldn't be that difficult to implement some sort of system for holding usernames that have been inactive past a certain time period. Even if it was like "pay $1 a month" or a year or something like that, people that actually wanted to keep the names would keep them. Otherwise, the names would be free.

Whatever it involves, obviously something in their policies and system needs to change.
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Silvia Carbone

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I would register an inactive account (created in march 2007, never used!!), but i can't because twitter doesn't consider inactive this account!
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From Twitter's Inactive User Names policy page:

How does Twitter determine inactivity?
Inactivity is based on a combination of tweeting, logging in, and the date an account was created. Please note that you may not be able to tell whether an account is currently inactive, as not all signs of account activity are publicly visible.

Read the whole thing here: http://help.twitter.com/entries/15362...
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Hey
I think if you put the mail to twitter that the acc is inactive may be twitter wont give any reply or will not take a strong action becoz u both are the user of it and such large organisations care for each one same. so they will not make that username available to u

2nd way: find out the email id of that person and contact him to change his username and then it will be available for you...plz give me the url of the that inactive profile..

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