Did you set up a Twitter account many moons ago and never logged into it again? Did you set up a second account because your primary account has an old email or phone number to unlock it? Well, if they have been dormant for a bit, then you will be losing it in a couple of weeks. Twitter deletes usernames that are not being used for some time.
Here’s the skinny: if you haven’t logged into your Twitter account for six months or longer, you have until December 11, 2019 to do so. If you don’t, you will lose your username. The up-side is that someone could have access to the username they wanted but your lame ass has it.
“As part of our commitment to serve 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,” a spokesperson told The Verge by email. “We have begun proactive outreach to many accounts who have not logged into Twitter in over six months to inform them that their accounts may be permanently removed due to prolonged inactivity.”
When Twitter deletes usernames, it won’t happen all at once. Like if you don’t login on December 11, your username will be up for grabs on the 12th. Also, if you don’t share or post anything on there, but you simply login, you won’t lose your account. Also, if the user passed on, they will ultimately have their account removed. “We do not currently have a way to memorialize someone’s Twitter account once they have passed on, but the team is thinking about ways to do this,” the spokesperson said.
If Twitter deletes usernames of people you know, then you know they haven’t been on there for a bit. Not to mention, a lot of people will probably see their followers take a dip. I know of some people that follow me haven’t posted in a few years. If you don’t move on it, you’ll lose it. However, if you haven’t used it in a while, then you probably won’t care.