Getting an ideal profile name on Twitter is getting as hard as getting a great domain name these days. As Twitter grew, people would just go out and register for Twitter profiles of great names just to hold them, then never use them with the goal of selling them or whatever. It’s a shame but depending on the profile, there may still be a way to get them.
Did you know that if there is an inactive profile on Twitter that you can request it?
What is Twitter’s inactive username policy?
We encourage users to actively log in and use Twitter when they register an account. To keep your account active, be sure to log in and Tweet (i.e., post an update) within 6 months of your last update. Accounts may be permanently removed due to prolonged inactivity. Please use your account once you sign up!
How does Twitter determine inactivity?
Inactivity is based on a combination of tweeting, logging in, and the date an account was created. Please note that you may not be able to tell whether an account is currently inactive, as not all signs of account activity are publicly visible.
Because of these rules, I found a couple profiles that looked inactive and asked some people at Twitter if they could look into them to see if they fit the criteria of an inactive profile. Turns out they did so I put in my request and whammo, they were transfered over to me.
The new profiles are @b2bsales and my personal favorite @socialselling – The profiles need some work (I know) but they will become a great resource for me and others that are passionate about these topics.
— B2B Sales (@b2bsales) June 15, 2013