This article outlines the most common issues around selecting a Twitter username:
- A username is taken by another person.
- A username seems available, but an error message appears when trying to select it.
- Requesting an unavailable username.
If you try to select a username and see that it has already been claimed, you will need to select a different one. Remember the following:
- You can list your real name in your profile to provide more information to your followers.
- Adding underscores before or after your desired username will help you claim a unique handle on Twitter.
- Example: if you would like the username @lindsay but it has been claimed, consider selecting a name like @lindsay_ or @_lindsay.
Here are the possible reasons why you would be unable to claim a username that seems available:
- Usernames containing the words Twitter or Admin cannot be claimed. No account names can contain Twitter or Admin unless they are official Twitter accounts.
- Your username cannot be longer than 15 characters. Your real name can be longer (20 characters), but usernames are kept shorter for the sake of ease.
- A username can only contain alphanumeric characters (letters A-Z, numbers 0-9) with the exception of underscores, as noted above. Check to make sure your desired username doesn't contain any symbols, dashes, or spaces.
- The username may be claimed by a suspended or deactivated account. Suspended and deactivated usernames are not immediately available for use, so you’ll need to select a different username.
If you try view a suspended user’s profile by navigating to their profile (by typing twitter.com/[their username] into your browser's URL bar), you’ll see the following message:
Trying to navigate to a deactivated user’s profile will return a message like this:
- Unfortunately, these usernames cannot be released at this time.
- Please see our Inactive Account Policy help page for more detailed information