How To Get A New Twitter Name

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

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 to 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!

What twitter name have you always wanted?


I want to give credit to John Saddington aka @tentblogger. He posted this idea originally and gave me the idea. Check out how he did it here

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Kyle Reed

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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
  • Matthew Snider

    Awesome stuff – grabbing my name ASAP.

    • Kyle Reed

      go for it, let us know how it worked

      • Matthew Snider

        So long story short, the guy who uses MatthewSnider uses it frequently s I doubt it would work.

        Bummer – Good luck to you all!

        • Kyle Reed

          ya good luck with that. Maybe he will start to pretend he is you
          I got lucky that my guy never ever tweeted.

  • John Saddington

    haha. … hey bro, you did an infinite loop on your old twitter:

    • Kyle Reed

      hahahaha, I am so use to typing in @kylelreed that I messed myself up.
      But that is pretty freakin cool. Like a perfect circle

  • Dustin

    Trying this right now… let’s see!

    • Kyle Reed

      let us know how it goes

      • Dustin

        Just got a response 10 minutes ago. Worked like a charm. Thanks Kyle. New handle: @dustinv

        • Kyle Reed

          nice, congrats. That has to feel good.

  • brent(inWorship)

    I am hoping one day to gain access to the account we’ve been trying to get for over a year!!!

    It isnt a name, so its not a trademark issue, so Twitter wont release it. The account name we are trying to get has been inactive for 18 months and still Twitter isnt doing anything about it.

    I hold out hope…

    • Kyle Reed

      that sucks man, there is no way to claim misrepresentation huh?

      • brent(inWorship)

        No, I literally have to own the trademark for it. Its a ministry page and we are not looking at spending all that money needed to own the trademark

        • Kyle Reed

          oh okay…ya that is lame

  • Jason

    Yeah…I think I’m out of luck on this one because the guy twitters frequently. He also has the “” domain. His last name is Wertenberger so I can see why he wants to make it shorter but it’s still not his name.

    • Kyle Reed

      ya that is a tough one, i guess he beat you to the punch

  • patricia

    thank you.

  • Graham

    Hey man! I actually did notice the absence of the “L” this morning when I saw you in Tweetdeck. I only noticed it because I falsely called you @kylereed on twitter when we met at STORY10.

    Glad you got this worked out!

    • Kyle Reed

      nice, glad someone was paying attention :)

  • Adam

    Going after mine. We will see what happens!

    • Kyle Reed

      let us know what happens

  • kevin

    Dude. This is huge. I’ve been trying to figure out how to do this for one of my company counts (we use a different twitter handle for each specific division). There is only one we’ve been unable to get and it is for a really specific niche, so it’s huge if we get it….and it’s an account that literally has never tweeted, follows nobody and has one follower. Praying this works.

    • Kyle Reed

      yes you actually probably have a great chance. Do that for sure.

  • Chris

    I gave it a shot this week after seeing John post about getting the twitter name for his daughter. The guy who has @chrisvacher hasn’t tweeted since October ’09 but they turned down my request and said something like “Remember that not all activity on twitter is completely public.” So I assume he’s using twitter direct messages or something.

    • Kyle Reed

      that is really interesting, I guess he has some followers then, but why would you have twitter just for DM’s?
      Doesn’t make much sense at all, but maybe persistence will pay off.

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  • Michael

    yeah, so @michaelperkins tweeted 12 days ago. which drives me crazy cause he has sent out 4 tweets in 2 years. Guessing this will be tough right now.

    • Kyle Reed

      man, you were so close. Just 4 weeks late i guess. check back in 6 months from now :)

      • Michael

        lol. I will. I sent the dude a message asking if he would be willing to give it up.

  • Jason Yarborough

    Touche! I’m in the market for a handle that hasn’t been used in nearly 2 years…and when it was used appeared to have been a “porn bot”…. hysterically enough, it’s for a non-profit I want to start up. Gonna give it shot.

    • Kyle Reed

      that is my kind of non-profit :) that was a joke people

  • tam

    doing this helped me go from @inprogress to @tamhodge.

    it was very easy!

    • Kyle Reed

      congrats on the new name…it will take a little while to get use to

      • tam

        yah, it definitely will. i’m kinda grieving dropping the “in” part. i feel like i’ve abandoned @inworship and my kids kassINcahoots and kotaINchaoots. its weird.

        guess im a rebel ;)

        • Kyle Reed

          well you could look at it that way (and they probably feel like that…I am kidding) or you could look at it as you are a trendsetter and now they have to follow you to keep up.

          Maybe they will all change their names to tamworship and kassitamacahoots…probably not

  • David Clark

    You are the MAN! I did exactly this, and within 3 days I got my name. Thanks so much for this post, Kyle!

    • Kyle Reed

      that is awesome. Ya I did the same and was very excited when it happened for me as well.

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  • Josh Payne

    just sent a request to twitter using your advice…will let you know how it goes. thanks for the post!

    • Kyle Reed

      ya man, I hope it works out

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  • Laura

    Thank you Luke! I just submitted my claim :) I hope I receive good news like you did!

    • Kyle Reed

      Don’t know who Luke is, but I will take credit for being Luke I guess

  • Katie

    Just tried asking the username support area a few days ago and they gave me the same old “inactive users will eventually become available” spew, BUT I am trying this out! I’m trying to go from @katie_freeland to @katiefreeland. The user joined in September ’09 and hasn’t ever done anything, so I think I may be in luck. I hate that I have to use an underscore haha.

    Thanks for the idea!!