After patiently waiting for 6 months I finally have my twitter name @YesMissy! I started my blog just over half a year ago, and didn’t think of starting a Twitter account until about a month or two into it. Unfortunately, at that time @YesMissy was taken. But the account was completely abandoned: there were only 3 tweets in the timeline, 0 followers, and no sign of any new tweets. Grr.. How frustrating is that? But I knew there must be a method to claiming an inactive Twitter account.
Sure enough, I did some research and found some people were able to claim a username if had proof they owned the company name or a registered trademark. I don’t have either, but I do own the domain name, and email, as well as Etsy shop and Facebook page by the same name. As it turns out, Twitter’s inactive user policy that allows people to reclaim inactive accounts after 6 months of non-tweeting or no activity. So for the past 6 months, I’ve been holding my breath with my fingers crossed hoping that this particular user wouldn’t tweet again for the rest of the year!! But once the time period was up, the process to claiming the inactive username was surprisingly simple. Read on to see the steps I took to claimed an inactive twitter account…
Here are the steps to claiming an inactive Twitter name:
- First, the account needs to be inactive (no tweets/no activity) for a minimum of 6 months.
- Go to: https://support.twitter.com/forms/impersonation
- Make the selection for ‘I am being impersonated.’ – (Though technically I hadn’t been ‘impersonated’. But this seemed to be the easiest method used for having an inactive Twitter username released.)
- Follow all the steps and fill the form, providing Twitter with the information requested. (Note I did use the ‘brand’ impersonation.)
- I filled in the form, giving a detailed description of why I thought the username should be released. This included letting them know that I owned the domain name, email, Facebook page and an Etsy Store).
- Within a day or two I got a response from Twitter support. They checked the account, verified it was inactive and then transferred it over me, and from that day on, I’m @YesMissy on Twitter!
I’d love to connect with you on Twitter, so let me know if your username in the comments below!
Update: It’s great to see some of you were able to claim your own Twitter usernames as well! I’ve added some more details to the instructions to help out those of you who are also wanting to claim inactive Twitter accounts. From the feedback I’ve had over the past few months, most people were able to claim the inactive Twitter usernames also owned the domain/email of the same name. Good luck and let me know if this method works for you!