How To Request a Username on Twitter

Does someone already have the Twitter name you would like to use? If you see that their profile has been inactive for more than 9 months, Twitter may release the username if you request it. Note that results may vary but here’s how you contact Twitter to make the request.

Email with the following information:

• The username you want
• Your existing username, if you have one
• Whether you want to change your username, or start a new account with the username you’re requesting

Good luck!

Sarah Wallace is a research analyst, blogger and podcaster. To learn more about her, click on the tabs above.



6 Responses

  1. Sarah

    Have you tried this recently? I know it used to be this easy (how I got mine back) but the last time I tried to do this for a client I got nowhere with Twitter.

    LMK — most interested.


  2. Hi Tom,

    Yes, I have recently had success and then not success. It seems Twitter is unpredictable with this, hence my warning that “results may vary.”

    Thanks for reading my blog and contributing!


  3. Very cool! Just did this for my daughter 🙂

  4. I just send an email and got a reply saying they are currently not releasing inactive accounts.

    Did you get an email like this before your request was accepted?

  5. Ugh! No, I didn’t. That stinks. I’m so sorry. I’ll have to update this blog post then. Maybe try again in a week or two and thanks for the update.
    – Sarah

  6. Thanks for the tip!

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