Need to reclaim an inactive Twitter account? Here's what you need to know.
 by Casey Markee

Need to reclaim an inactive Twitter account? Here's what you need to know.

  • I attempted to set-up a Twitter account for my business and my chosen username was taken. When I visited the account it appeared to be inactive. Is there any way I can get Twitter to release that account to me?

twitter-dead.jpgUnfortunately, there isn't a straightforward way to get Twitter to release an inactive account, but there are a few different methods you can use to varying degrees of success.

Twitter will not release inactive accounts unless the account has terms of service violations or has been out of use for about nine months (and even that's on a case-by-case basis). Terms of Service violations can include brand violations, breaches of privacy, harassment, impersonation, name squatting, pornographic content and promotion of illegal activities. If you notice the account in question is participating in these activities, you can send a direct email with the username to

If the account has been inactive for a while, it may become available soon. Accounts that are legitimate but have just been abandoned can't be released on an individual basis but they are culled by Twitter from time to time. Clearly, waiting around and hoping that the user will release the account isn't an ideal option. To that end, here are some suggested proactive steps you can take to speed along the process.

  • 1. Get in touch with the user via an @reply. Start your quest by following the user and then sending them an @reply. They will be notified of the reply if they have the "notification of new follows" option activated. Since this option is the default option, they will probably get notified and get in touch. This may not always work, but it's a good starting point.

  • 2. Check out the user bio. Some inactive accoun...

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