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Acquiring a Twitter username that has the same name as my domain?

Discussion in 'Social Networking Sites' started by systematic, May 30, 2013.

  1. systematic

    systematic Regular Member

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    I recently acquired a domain name that I bid on even though I knew the Twitter username associated with the domain was already taken. After I finally got the site up and running I started to wonder what it would take to acquire the Twitter handle. The account only has 5 tweets and it's last tweet was in early 2009, so it's pretty old and stagnant. I tweeted at it a couple of times to see if I could contact the person, but I had no luck. So I started looking into Twitter trademark policy, and it appears I might have a slim chance of pressuring them into releasing the name to me.

    In particular, the policy states:

    "Using a company or business name, logo, or other trademark-protected materials in a manner that may mislead or confuse others with regard to its brand or business affiliation may be considered a trademark policy violation."

    Even though the account only had five tweets, the tweets it did have were related to the content I'm offering on my site (US political news), and it could confuse people who think it's affiliated with my site. Not to mention, it looks like the tweets were written by an uneducated idiot, so it could make people look down on my brand. I'm thinking of downloading a trademark infringement cease and desist template, making it as legit as possible, and sending it off to them with the hope that they see the account hasn't been used in years and basically decide that it's not worth the potential legal fight and release the name to me.

    Does anybody have any experience with this sort of thing? Any ideas, tips?

    I know it's unlikely to work, but I figured it's worth a shot.
     
  2. WayneInc

    WayneInc Senior Member

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    you can make it with the variation...or you have to contact that username and purchase it
     
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