Twitter to Remove Inactive Accounts, Free Up Usernames
November 27, 2019
Those who haven’t signed into their Twitter account in more than six months could have their account shut down, Twitter officials announced. The social media platform will be sending an email alert to inactive users urging them to sign on by Dec. 11. The usernames of those who fail to respond will be made available to others.
A Twitter spokesperson told The Verge that the social media site is working to clean up inactive accounts. “Part of this effort is encouraging people to actively log in and use Twitter when they register an account,” the spokesperson told The Verge. “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.”
The move isn’t just to minimize inactive accounts on Twitter but also to remove those people who are deceased.
Twitter has not yet announced when the closed accounts’ usernames will become available to existing users.
Additionally, Twitter announced that usernames that are under five characters can no longer be registered on Twitter going forward. Usernames will need to be at least five characters.
Twitter accounts that have stayed active are not affected by the cleanup. Users don’t have to tweet anything to keep their accounts open, but they will need to log in and follow Twitter’s instructions.
The email alert from Twitter will be sent to users under the subject line: “Don’t lose access to @(username).”
“Twitter Will Remove Inactive Accounts and Free Up Usernames in December,” The Verge (Nov. 26, 2019)
Updated: May 28, 2020