What if I told you that twitter name you have been wishing for could be yours in one simple step? Would you believe me?
Probably a month or two ago I would have said that was crazy talk. But today I switched my twitter account from @kylelreed to @kylereed.
This might not seem like that big of a deal but let me tell you, this was huge.
The L in @kylelreed is like a silent far…silent but deadly (sorry for that imagery or what is the word for smell? Maybe like sorry for the smellery). Most people did not see the L because when you put it between e and r it just disappears. So to get the twitter name @kylereed is another step for twitter domination, well maybe not, but it did make me smile this morning when I got this email from twitter.
You can imagine my excitement when I received this in my inbox this morning.
Okay, so you might be wondering…how the heck can I do that. Well I am here to tell you exactly what I did.
Here are the steps you need to take to get that twitter name you have always wanted:
There is one major thing to note, what I am about to tell you will only work if the twitter account you are going after is inactive. And when I say inactive it has to have set dorment for probably 6 months to a year with either no tweets or one or two. If they are an active tweeter then forget about it, my only advice for you would be to pay them off :)
So you have the twitter account that you want in mind. You see that their only followers are spam and they have tweeted once or never in the last year or two.
What you are going to want to do is file a claim. You can read all the claims that you can file here
Specifically the claim that you want to file is an Impersonation Claim. Yes it sounds weird that you are saying this person is impersonating you, but the way to get twitters attention is to tell them someone is pretending to be you. I filed a inactive user claim about 6 months ago and never heard a word. I filed a impersonation claim and heard news within 48 hours.
Go here and start by filling a claim. What I said was the truth. That the owner of @kylereed has not used twitter in over 2 years, he is falsely representing me because his account is inactive and friends and followers have tweeted him in the past. That is all I said and that is all you have to do.
This is not a %100 full proof plan, but if the account you are going after is inactive you have a great shot.
Once you get the new twitter name you need to make sure that you do not go and get that account and start from scratch. All you have to do is make a very very simple change. Go to your settings page, under the twitter username (see image here) just change the http://twitter.com/oldusername to http://twitter.com/newusername hit save and it will prompt you for a password. Once completed you are good to go. Make sure to go back and grab your old account and create a message on there alerting people to the change.
Good luck and tweet on!