Owners of inactive accounts will be receiving emails from Twitter with a warning: sign in before December 11th or your account will be history and your username free for anyone to use. Any account that hasn’t signed in for more than six months will receive the email alert.
“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 said.
“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 inactive account removal process “will happen over many months — not just on a single day,” the spokesperson continued. The microblogging and social networking service hasn’t yet said exactly when recouped usernames will be made available to existing users.
The inactive account removal process doesn’t just affect people who’ve abandoned their accounts; it also stands to have a huge impact on accounts belonging to the deceased.
These accounts don’t have to actually tweet anything to stick around. They just need to log in and follow the instructions given by Twitter.
Also, usernames with less than five characters can no longer be registered on Twitter, so that’s something else you’ve always wanted to consider when you’re dreaming about switching to that username.
The email sent has a subject line that reads “Don’t lose access to @(username).”
Log in now and avoid your account being removed.