Blogkeeping Archives // Getting the Facebook + Twitter usernames you want //

This week I am reposting some popular Blogkeeping posts to help you prepare your blog for 2013. This post first appeared on July 21, 2012 and has been updated with new information.

So you have, but and @myblogisawesome are taken? No worries just yet, you may still be able to claim them, if the people claiming the accounts aren’t using them. (It is possible to claim accounts that are active, but you must have a trademark for your case to be considered.)

From my research, Facebook and Twitter are more likely to grant you the inactive username if you own the matching domain name, and even more so if you own the trademark. You’re probably out of luck if you want it for personal reasons, but your blog does count as a business.


For Facebook, you’ll want to fill out this form. When I submitted my request, Facebook emailed me in about 5 business days to let me know the username had been deactivated and was available for my use. From there, I logged into my page, went to edit page, update info, and change username. It told me the username was not available, but I replied to the email from Facebook, and they were able to transfer my username for me. So now you can find me on Facebook at!


Twitter is a little more tricky. You’ll need to fill out an impersonation report. Treat your blog as a company — Twitter does not release inactive accounts for personal use. Select that your company is being impersonated, and you would like to report an issue not involving trademark (or fill out the trademark form if you do own the trademark). From there, you’ll fill in your information and explain that the account in question is inactive, you own the domain, and you would like the username transferred to your account. You MUST enter an email address from that domain name, or they will immediately dismiss your ticket.

I have submitted twice, and it has taken more than a month to hear back from them both times. Both times, I was told that while Twitter is working to release inactive usernames, the account in question does not qualify, and certain signs of activity are not publicly visible. What is publicly available shows me that @elembee has not had any new tweets, follows, or followers in several months, so I’m not sure what is deemed “activity” by Twitter. My alternatives were to try to contact @elembee myself (which I have done to no response) or settle for adding an underscore, which is what I did (you can find me @elembee_).

This method has worked for many others and will hopefully work for you, so it’s still worth a try, it just unfortunately did not work in my case. I’ve been told that if you are persistent, particularly if the account in question isn’t tweeting, following, or gaining followers, they will eventually grant your request, but I honestly don’t know how much truth there is to that. I may try persistence at a later point in time, when I’m running low on my newly ordered business cards.

Good luck securing the usernames you want, and I’d love to hear if these tips worked for you!

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  1. christin says:

    i need SCHINDEWOLF so bad. but then i need it on instagram also.

    Posted 12.20.12
    • Lisa says:

      I have the same problem. @elembee on Instagram hasn’t used the account at all! I think I saw something where you can claim usernames, but I haven’t really looked into it since Twitter is being stupid.

      Posted 12.20.12
    • rita says:

      so good to know! i have tried to tweet the person with my name (sans middle initial) and no response, i’ve been meaning to buy my name URL so maybe once i do that i can email twitter!

      Posted 12.20.12
  2. Jez says:

    So this might seem a little stalkerish, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do: My name was taken by an inactive account, so any tweets to her would likely go unread. I looked on her follower list for someone with a unique name (since hers was sort of common) and Facebooked that person, searched the FB friends for my name twin, and voila, I was able to contact her about releasing the name. A bit creepy, some would say, but for people who really want their name and can’t stand when a good name goes unused, there you go. Stalking 101.

    Posted 1.17.13

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