Thanks, glad to know I'm not alone on this. I've looked at filing a
trademark but it is still frustrating to proceed through
lengthy/costly legal process in order to reclaim an inactive/spam
username -- especially for a completely free service. This entry in
the Twitter API FAQ is a glimmer of hope for app developers. I hope
someone at Twitter can help app developers get their specific
situation reviewed. In some cases, such as mine, it is an
all-around-win for the Twitter ecosystem to release these inactive


On Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 5:17 PM, Aral Balkan <> wrote:
> I had the same response :(
> Someone told me that the way to approach it may be to file a trademark
> dispute. This is what I'm going to be forced to do since it doesn't appear
> possible to talk to a human being at Twitter about this issue.
> All the best,
> Aral
> On Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 6:04 PM, anilchawla <> wrote:
>> I develop and maintain a free Twitter application (http://
>> and I am desperately trying to reclaim the inactive
>> 'tweetymail' username because it is causing confusion among my users.
>> I was not able to get anywhere with Twitter support, but I came across
>> this entry in the API FAQ:
>> I followed the instructions and emailed Five
>> minutes later, I received two simultaneous emails: 1) An automatic
>> notice indicating that support received my request, 2) An automatic
>> rejection indicating that Twitter is not releasing inactive usernames
>> at this time.
>> Have any other app developers had success with this process? Is the
>> information on the FAQ still valid? Can someone from Twitter provide
>> an alternate avenue for app developers to have a request such as this
>> heard?
>> The account I am seeking ( has never
>> tweeted and has been inactive for at least 6 months.
>> Thank  you.

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