How to Get the Twitter Handle You Really Want


With over half a million new Twitter accounts created every single day and Twitter being one of the most used messaging services in the world, chances are the Twitter handle you really wanted was probably already taken. What’s even more frustrating is that many of these Twitter handles are created, then abandoned or never actually active on the platform.

When we started Everypost, the Twitter handle @everypost was already taken and appeared to be inactive. So we decided to start out with the handle @everypostme, while we figured out how we could eventually take over the @everypost username. It took several months, but eventually we were able to do it. So what are your options if you’re in the same situation?

Services like TweetClaims and TwitterCounter have popped up to notify you when a Twitter handle you like becomes available again. However, if you wait around for that to happen, you might have to wait around a very long time. Your other options may include sending a direct message to the user, or filing a claim with Twitter; however, it can be incredibly difficult to receive a response from either. So what else can you do? Here are a few tips from our own experience on how to get the Twitter handle you really want.

First Try Asking

Reaching out to the owner of the Twitter handle you’re after should be the first step, regardless of the status of the account. If you have a compelling reason for them to give up or exchange their handle, they may be willing to cooperate. It was impossible for us to receive a reply from the inactive @everypost account and there’s a good chance you won’t receive a response either, but it doesn’t hurt to try.

Is it Really an Inactive Account?

According to Twitter, in order to keep accounts active, users need to log in and tweet at least one time every six months. However, the actual standards for determining whether or not an account is inactive are a bit more complicated. Twitter states, “Inactivity is based on a combination of tweeting, logging in, and the date an account was created. Please note that you may not be able to tell whether an account is currently inactive, as not all signs of account activity are publicly visible.”

So while the Twitter handle you are after may appear inactive based on lack of tweets, the user may still be active on the social network and using it just to read other tweets. In our case, the @everypost handle appeared to be inactive, however we couldn’t be 100% sure. If the account is indeed inactive, this will help your case when you file a claim to gain control of that Twitter handle.

Are there any Trademark Violations?

Twitter identifies a trademark violation as an account that is using “a company or business name, logo, or other trademark-protected materials in a manner that may mislead or confuse others with regard to its brand or business affiliation may be considered a trademark policy violation.” If Twitter decides the purpose of the account is to mislead readers, they may suspend the account. If you are dealing with an unintentional trademark violation, Twitter may also grant you the name. For trademark violations, use this form to report and request a release. Be prepared when filling out the form, as Twitter will ask many detailed questions, including your trademark registration number.

We were finally granted the @everypost handle after filling out the trademark violation form and discovering the account was truly inactive. It was not easy and took some time, but if you have documentation that a user is violating your trademark rights, this will definitely speed up the process.

For more information and the complete rules on Twitter handles, visit the Twitter Help Center. We hope this information helps you exercise your brand’s rights and get the Twitter handle you really want!

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6 Easy Ways to Spring Clean Your Computer


With the first days of March comes the welcome reminder that spring is just around the corner, and with it that oh-so-necessary task of spring cleaning. This year, in addition to tidying your home, consider tidying your digital home, too. We’ve come up with six easy steps to spring clean your computer and eliminate digital clutter from your life.

1. Clear off your desktop: If your computer looks cleaner, it will feel cleaner. Start at the surface and organize desktop files into folders by category: pictures, screenshots, downloads, personal files, work files, etc. Then decide what is truly essential to keep on your desktop and what can be moved elsewhere. And of course, don’t forget to throw some things away! The more you can take off your desktop the better–every time you turn on your computer, it has to load up each of these files. The less you have on your desktop, the faster your computer will turn on.

2. Delete old screenshots: This is easy. Just do a simple search on your computer for files including the word “screenshot” and sift through the ones you can get rid of. You’ll probably discover that this is most of them.

3. Sift through your downloads folder: Oftentimes the files we download take up a lot of space and we don’t end up needing them more than once. If you take a moment to go through this folder you’ll be able to toss out a lot of unnecessary stuff.

4. Delete old drafts of documents: Once you’ve finalized a document, you no longer need to be holding onto each iteration it went through to get to the final copy. Delete all the old versions except the final (or if this makes you uneasy move them to an external drive in a folder entitled “Old Drafts”). This will save you time when you’re looking for the document later, and also conserve space on your computer’s hard drive. For the future, consider including _V01, _V02, etc. to the end of your file names so later you can easily identify which is the most recent version you worked on (it’s much cleaner than “workproject-NEW-NEW-NEWEST-FINAL.doc”).

5. Re-organize files into folders by year: This serves two purposes. First, it allows you to search for files quickly and efficiently because you’ll be able to know when you used them. Second, it allows you to identify old files you are likely not using on a day-to-day basis anymore.

6. Move old files to an external drive: Anything you haven’t opened in the last year can be moved to an external drive. Fortunately, it will be easy to tell now how old everything is because you’ve just sorted everything into folders by year. Chances are, anything you were working on over a year ago you don’t need so frequently that it’s necessary to keep it on your actual computer rather than on an external hard drive.

And lastly, empty your recycle bin! Do you have any other digital spring cleaning secrets? Share them here!

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