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How do you acquire Inactive Twitter/Instagram Username

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Are you annoyed because your desired Twitter/Instagram usernames are inactive but you don’t know how to acquire inactive accounts?

Whether it’s Instagram or Twitter, acquiring inactive usernames is getting harder every year. Before you could reach out to Twitter and expect an email to change things, it is not so simple right now. You can send multiple emails and have a hard chance of acquiring any inactive user account.

Despite several changes, I have some simple techniques for you that can help you acquire inactive accounts. Let’s have a look:

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Acquire Inactive Twitter Username:

Before you want to get in the process of acquiring inactive Twitter username, I have just one question:

Do you really want to acquire the EXACT username or you can work with minor modification?

The reason I’m asking this is because minor modification can save you a lot of time and effort. For example: if the username you’re looking for is @TexasConsulting and you can see that it’s already been taken but it looks like an inactive account. Rather than spending time acquiring it, can you work with @Texas_Consulting? Because if you can, then just modify existing Twitter handle with abbreviations, numbers, and underscores to create a new one.

This is exactly what Twitter also advices you to do in case of reaching out to acquire inactive username.

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Acquiring Trademarked Username:

If the username you’re trying to acquire is an inactive account that violates your trademark policy, then you can submit this form with Twitter to report trademark issues. Twitter will ask you for copies of your trademark policy and related information. Once you provide them all the information, their support team gets back on issue within a week.

If the issue is genuine, more often you will receive full cooperation and support from the Twitter team on acquiring your trademarked username.

If you can see an inactive account impersonating yourself or your brand, you can fill this form to get help from the Twitter team.

Pro Tip: To learn if a Twitter account is actually inactive or not, you can simply log in to Circleboom and follow that username. Circleboom gives you a complete list of inactive accounts in your Twitter list and so you can easily learn if the Twitter account is inactive or not.

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Acquiring Inactive Instagram Username:

Before you try to acquire an inactive username, you have to make sure that the Instagram profile is actually inactive. Just because an account hasn’t posted in a while, doesn’t mean it’s an inactive account.

One of the options to know if the account is active or not is to follow that account. Then you can regularly check their activity through the “Following” tab to know if the account is actually inactive.

There’s no set procedure on Instagram to appeal for an inactive Instagram account, unless there’s a case of infringement or impersonation. If the inactive user account is an impersonation of your business/organization, you can appeal here.

Please remember that you can acquire an inactive username on your trademark only if you have a registered trademark. If your trademark is not registered, there are minimal chances of acquiring the Instagram username.

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Final Words:

I hope the tips above will help you acquire an inactive Instagram/Twitter username. If you have any questions regarding acquiring an inactive user account, you can let me know in the comments below.

Harshita Agrawal
Harshita Agrawal

Social media and influencer marketing specialist who spends most of her time behind the screen. She's also an avid reader and a travel enthusiast.

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