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27th September 2011 |  Written by

How To Get The Twitter Username You’ve Always Wanted

So the other day I was bored of my username on Twitter (@TimGrimes1) and fancied a change. After searching around on Twitter for usernames that I fancied and would be more valuable for work purposes, I noticed the amount of dormant and unused usernames was ridiculous. I noticed more than 4 that I would have been happy to have, but were all taken and hadn’t even tweeted once. If you decide you want to change your username and it is taken, which is extremely likely considering the 300 million plus users, you can follow these steps:

1) Firstly you need to check the username that you want has been dormant for over a year – with When Did You Join Twitter? The account I wanted had never tweeted and was over two years old, so maybe if it was previously very active Twitter may take this into consideration.

2) Once you have done this, click here. This will take you a support page on Twitter where it will be talk to you about the ‘Impersonation Policy’. You can read this if you want, or follow this link straight to submit a ticket request – this will bring you to ‘How do I report an impersonation violation’.

3) It will bring you to a page that asks what your issue is – click on ‘I am bring impersonated’. Then click on ‘I am the person being impersonated’.

4) This will bring you to a form where you can fill in all the relevant details about the account that you want to obtain (Username of reported account). You can add some description/anything else to the form, I said ‘TM are my two main initials and the account has never been used’. You may be thinking that TM isn’t my two main initials but I thought it might work at the time.

5) Once you have filled in the form hit submit – you should get an automated email from Twitter.

It should then take a few days for them to process the application – you should then get an email like the one below, the top email is just a reminder as I forgot to reply instantly.

It does state at the bottom that this email is not a guarantee that we will be able to make the requested transfer. I replied with the relevant details and they processed my application and transferred the ‘TM’ username to replace my previous one.

I can’t guarantee that this will work for you, as I previously attempted to do this and failed. This can be seen in the image below:

Although this isn’t guaranteed, the second time round it worked for me. I changed from @TimGrimes1 to @TM. It may also be worth choosing a short username as remember you only have 140 characters to play with. I hope you get the username you want, let me know if it works!

Your Comments

  1. Thanks so much for your blog, I found Sandeep Bose was the one I wanted and had not been used since 2010. Twitter has responded and with any luck I’ll have it a couple of days.

  2. Hopefully they will give it you! It took me two goes though…good luck!

  3. Hi Tim

    This is sadly the reply I got any ideas?? when i checked the twitter account it confirmed that it had not been active since 2010, so I’m a bit confused. I want that name!!

    cbellarun, Oct-05 02:10 pm (PDT):

    We can’t release the username you mentioned at the moment. We are working to release all inactive usernames, but the reported account does not satisfy the conditions for release. Please keep in mind that not all signs of account activity are publicly visible.

    Twitter is transferring usernames of accounts that violate our Trademark Policy. For more information about Twitter’s Trademark Policy, please see:

    In general, adding numbers, underscores, or abbreviations can help you claim a great available username.


    Twitter Trust and Safety

    no_username, Oct-03 07:09 pm (PDT):
    Full name: Sandeep Bose
    Username of reported account: @sandeepbose

    Description: Sandeep Bose is my name and this account has never been used’.

    Email address:
    Twitter username (optional): @rangoligroup

    Anything else? (optional): n/a

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