Delete Stale Accounts!

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I'd like to have it so if an account is unused for a certain period of time, the account is deleted. I want to change my Twitter name, but someone else has it. They have never Tweeted and don't follow anyone. They shouldn't be allowed to have an unused account! Since Twitter is meant to be used often, maybe after 45 days without a Tweet, your account would be deleted?
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Trav

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Posted 5 years ago

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Linda Morrell

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I work for state government and am considering opening an account on Twitter and using it to notify state employees when a building is closed due to inclement weather, disasters or any other emergencies. In this case, the account might not be used but twice a year. I wouldn't want the account deleted due to lack of use.
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Trav

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Twitter wouldn't be an appropriate service for this need. Twitter is meant to be a micro-blog; building closure alerts are not blogs. Plus, the state employees may not check Twitter every morning so other venues (TV, Radio, Mass text messages) would be more beneficial.
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Linda Morrell

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Thanks for the quick response John. We use many forms of communication to let employees know about building closures but were considering using Twitter as well. I'm assuming by your original post here that Twitter does not delete an account that's rarely used. Do you know if that's correct?
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Trav

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Yes
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Steven Clark

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I'm interested in an account name that hasn't been used in over two years. It would make sense that a mechanism were in place to have such unused accounts closed so others can utilize them. Two years is pretty stale, and name squatting hardly seems ethical.
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Linda Morrell

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I'm so glad for this posting and your replies. We wil not use twitter for this purpose. Thank you.
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pandaking

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Add a feature to automatically delete accounts which are unused for 6 months and are not following or followed by anybody as per your "Inactive Usernames Policy":
http://twitter.zendesk.com/entries/15...
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dtssmithers

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Here is the official unfollowed policy non-policy http://help.twitter.com/entries/15362...
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khaine

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Is there any progress on this issue?