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Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Twitter Name Squatting and how to claim an unused Twitter account

I recently had another brainstorm regarding a new online recruitment related business idea! **eyes roll**

This one is for a recruitment directory called Career Town. (No link yet as the website isn't operational)

I have held the .co.uk for a number of years and felt ready to embark on this venture with the help of a very good web developer.
One of the first things I wanted to do was to make sure that I could register the name on Twitter and Facebook to allow me to post relevant news and information on the top social media sites.
Facebook wasn't a problem, I'm still amazed that their are lots of usernames still available. I created the http://Facebook.com/CareerTown with ease and currently have 46 Likes so I was able to quickly claim the username.
Twitter on the other hand was a little more difficult. I searched and found that someone had been Twitter Squatting (I think that's the correct term!)
Anyhow, I registered the name http://Twitter.com/CareerTownUK
After a few days and a fair bit of reading, I enquired with Twitter about this and they referred me to their section on Name Squatting Policy There were a lot of big scary words like "Brand Impersonation" and "Trademark Infringement" Well, I thought, I have the website, I have the idea so in a sense I was right to enquire.
I was really quite astounded that Twitter took a total of 8 days (not working days) to assist me in making my claim. I now have the Twitter account that I wanted http://Twitter.com/CareerTown
So thank you Twitter, your customer service is far superior than that of Facebook (that's another story)