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Twitter: Unused account sitting on a username

Discussion in 'Social Networking Sites' started by Hootz, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. Hootz

    Hootz Regular Member

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    I own a .com that I've finally gotten around to developing however the Twitter name of that .com is taken.

    They've never tweeted, it's unused - do inactive usernames ever delete or will it just sit there forever like that?

    Has anyone ever been in this situation and managed to get the account?

    If nothing can be done and you must go for a variation I'd love to hear your suggestions - is 'nameofdotcomeofficial' the next best thing? Or something like that.
     
  2. social1

    social1 Senior Member

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    I have the same situation and I have been waiting for a year for the name to dropoff or something and yet the account still sits unused, very frustrating by the way. I have messaged the account and no response. I read somewhere here that you could contact twitter and possibly get the name, but I have never tried and I am not 100% sure it will work. I decided to go with @TheRealYourSiteHere.com, but any spin like that will work and then just name the account with your dot com, so in effect the name will be your dot com but the @name will be as above. Hope that helps.
     
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  3. seoguy2010

    seoguy2010 Registered Member

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    How about contacting the owner of that twitter account? hopefully something can be worked out.
     
  4. iglow

    iglow Elite Member

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    twitte wont kill somebodus account without copyright reason
     
  5. Zakhar

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    "YourSiteOfficial" "YourSiteWorldwide" "YourSite_com" these usually do it for me as alternatives.
     
  6. Hootz

    Hootz Regular Member

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    You lost me a little on the naming convention (you don't actually type the '.com' bit right?) but thanks very much for the response. I don't see Twitter handing over an account to a nobody, a celebrity yeah but not a loser like me :)

    Just read your giveaway thread, very interesting!
     
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  7. BlueLemon

    BlueLemon Junior Member

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    I have a fairly popular account, but there is an _ (underscore) at the end of my username. The username I wanted is taken and the person hasn't tweeted since 2 years. Like you, I used to hope that someday Twitter would delete it for being inactive. Unfortunately, it doesn't. :(
     
  8. blo0ody1

    blo0ody1 BANNED BANNED

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    contact the customer support and they will give u that account because u have a site with that name and i once read that if u own a site and that name is taken and it is inactive they will give it to u .. i think u just need to aprove that the site is yours .. try contacting them via your site e-mail, example : admin [ at ] yoursite [ dot ] com
     
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    social1 Senior Member

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    Jump in on that. It is an amazing service and we are getting ready to launch the sales thread any day now. You can get sooooo many new real followers every day.
     
  10. Hootz

    Hootz Regular Member

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    I would do mate but the account I'd want to use doesn't meet the stipulations unfortunately. (Must have 100 followers). If it gets there I'll certainly test you out :) Cheers!
     
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    Hootz Regular Member

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    I'd love this to be true but it sounds TOO good to BE true.
     
  12. tombourlet

    tombourlet Registered Member

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    sorry to say you wont be able to do anything about it. The best tip would be to use a similar shortened version across all social platforms, and use that on your site say in a slogan or in punchlines, calls to action etc
     
  13. Sunday Lunch

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    You used to be able to contact support and get a name, however they will only transfer now if you have a TM.
     
  14. Wakko

    Wakko Newbie

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    Twitter doesn't allow this anymore. It was an older policy that if an account is inactive for 9 months (that includes not logging in) they would release the account. Now twitter got rid of the policy.
     
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    vyolent Newbie

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    Email support, tell them that your .com would like to have a presence on twitter and that your site name is taken but has been inactive for a very long time.
     
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    Bluefrog_1974 Junior Member

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    I doubt very much that Twitter will be too bothered by a 'new' business without any LEGAL trademarks to their name, so going this route will be futile.

    Why not try adding something obvious like @twitter_yourwebsite
     
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    writer@<3 Newbie

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    Actually, there's a little known rule in the Twitter TOS that says squatter accounts aren't allowed. From what you describe, an account that hasn't been used in two years, it is entirely possible that Twitter will delete it for being a squatter, but there are no guaranteed, though its worth a shot. First, flag it for a copyvio, and then email customer support explaining that you own the domain name, and the person is squatting the twitter account name. Prove you own the domain, and they might let you have it. Its happened before (it helps that I actually do read TOS agreements).
     
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  18. Wakko

    Wakko Newbie

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    ^^^

    Yes this is the rule true but twitter no longer does this for people. They were receiving too many requests. I have a few friends over at Twitter, I know this to be true first hand.

    The only way you can guaranteed get an account now that way is if you sign up for twitter ads with a $x,xxx minimum commitment. (They will make you sign an agreement)
     
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  19. ryuichi88

    ryuichi88 Newbie

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    Trademark is the only bulletproof way of obtaining a name. I believe one of my clients just went through the process without a TM attorney for around 1K.