Twitter started to send out emails to users of inactive accounts with the following message: “Sign in by December 11th, or your account will be history and its username will be up for grabs again.” Such a thing means that if you signed in for more than six months, you would get an email warning.
A Twitter spokesperson detailed their goal and the importance of it. He said, “As part of our commitment to serving the public conversation, we’re working to clean up inactive accounts to present more accurate, credible information people can trust across Twitter. Part of this effort is encouraging people to actively log in and use Twitter when they register an account, as stated in our inactive accounts policy.”
Twitter Plans for Removing Inactive Accounts In December
Moreover, the platform didn’t precisely say when recovered usernames will be made available to existing users. The process will supposedly happen over many months. Also, Twitter’s plans won’t affect users who decided to drop their accounts. As for the users who passed away, Twitter explains that right now, it doesn’t have a solution for keeping in a way or another the user’s data, but a future upgrade is discussed.
For users who set up a bot or another account, Twitter’s got their backs, ensuring them safe as long as they stay active. Back in 2013, Yahoo did something similar, launching an “account recycling.”
Users should keep in mind that these accounts don’t have to tweet a thing or two to stay active. Login and follow Twitter’s directions would do the trick. So even if the username you request and want appears long-dormant based on activity, whoever got it can still keep it. Also, usernames with less than five characters can no longer be enrolled on Twitter.