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  • # October 19, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    This is not suited for this forum but I was wondering if anyone else had succeeded in obtaining an inactive Twitter account?

    I’ve contacted numerous people. Including a few Twitter employees where one said they would snag it for me but never did in the end and the other had no idea how to go about it.

    The particular handle I’ve been trying to obtain has been inactive for 4 years now and I’ve had no luck trying to contact the person.

    Any ideas?

    # October 19, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    I’ve successfully done one, but I had to prove that there was some sort of copyright infringement.

    # October 19, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Was it for a company or an individual?

    # October 19, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Company, which probably doesn’t help you!

    # October 19, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Haha. I tried going that route but I was “denied”. Only because I never replied with my ID and some other documents.

    # October 22, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Seems that Twitter doesn’t follow their own [Terms]( “”) of inactivity as I was just denied for requesting a username. Now I’ve asked if I should claim copyright infringement as I own a domain that resembles the username.

    # October 22, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    He may be just logging in maybe once a month, or every third month, just to keep it active.

    # October 22, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Can you do that with a phone that was used via text message for Twitter? I believe this was my old account when I first signed up but they won’t work with me to determine this for “security reasons”.

    My only other option is to try to claim impersonation as I have a domain that closely resembles the username. Actually I have two to better help my chances.

    # October 24, 2012 at 3:43 am

    @chriscoyier succeded to do this for CodePen when it started.

    # October 24, 2012 at 7:56 am

    @hugogiraudel Yeah but someone randomly snagged the account and gave it to him.

    # November 15, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Twitter has just emailed me to transfer the account I was trying to obtain for a few years now.

    # November 15, 2012 at 5:05 pm


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