While speaking to a fellow bloggers the other night, a few of them mentioned how the Twitter handle names they wanted were already in use when they signed up for the social media platform, forcing them to come up with variations of their blog name, or using their actual name for the handle representing their blog. It seems like this is a fairly common problem for the blogging community — personally, I had to add numbers to the end of my blog's Twitter handle since it was already in use. Though it's not necessarily easy, here are some options on how to get the Twitter handle that you want.
Here's the thing, Twitter does release accounts on certain requests if you contact them.
The first step is to know how to contact Twitter properly. According to Tweet Smarter, you should use Twitter’s online system as opposed to email or tweets, and then be sure to reply to their email response, and wait. If you create multiple tickets, it will be more likely that you will get an automatic response, so only send one.
Also, be sure to reply to their first email. Frequently, the reply Twitter sends you will go to your spam box, or people forget which email they set up their account with and never see the response. You can submit your request with the Twitter Help Center. Click the links in the appropriate section to make sure you are filling out the right ticket.
From here, there are several different types of situations that could be happening to you, which calls for different solutions:
1. You have the domain, but you want the Twitter name. If you already bought a domain name, but someone else has registered the Twitter name after you, there's a possibility the team at Twitter will consider this “squatting.” The account will need to be inactive for some time before request will be considered. However, if the account is inactive, it could be all yours. Of course, if they thought of and registered the Twitter username before you did anything with it elsewhere, they can’t be considered to be squatting on your idea.
2. You want to take over an inactive account. Twitter doesn't release inactive accounts willy nilly. One way to work around this is by registering the trademark of the domain name under the clause which fits you. After you pay for the registered trademark, you can get the Twitter handle by submitting the scanned copy of Trademark Registration Document. Twitter may hand over the account that you request as a result.
3. Say the account you want isn't inactive, but are willing to buy the account. Twitter has a policy that does not allow the buying or selling of accounts, and you can be suspended for breaking the rules. However, one way to get around this is by hiring the owner of the Twitter account and receive the account as part of the hiring arrangement. Be careful to read the Twitter Rules carefully first before you decide to try this.
Haven't gotten a reply from Twitter after following the proper steps? It might be worth a shot to tweet to @delbius and ask on the status. Otherwise be mindful that that Twitter has a vast audience to please, and your request may not be a priority. In this case, it might be easier to come up with a creative handle to go along with your blog.