Twitter has updated its rules and policies to reflect that anyone who doesn’t log in and tweet at least every six months, would have their account permanently removed.
Inactivity of a Twitter account is based on logging in and the actions taken after that. According to the refreshed policy, “You may not be able to tell whether an account is currently inactive, as not all signs of account activity are publicly visible.”
As first reported by The Verge, Twitter has emailed inactive account owners that failing to sign in by December 11 will revoke their access to the username, which will be deleted and recycled.
“We encourage people to actively log in and use Twitter when they register an account. To keep your account active, be sure to log in and Tweet at least every six months. Accounts may be permanently removed due to prolonged inactivity,” Twitter’s policy states.
Twitter hasn’t yet announced the exact dates when the usernames from the deleted inactive accounts will be available to be used by existing or new users. The company isn’t going to accept any requests for usernames for accounts that might seem inactive.
This policy change doesn’t affect bot or secondary Twitter accounts, as long as they stay active.
“If a username you would like is being used by an account that seems inactive, you should consider selecting an available variation for your use on Twitter. In general, adding numbers, underscores, or abbreviations can help you come up with an available username.”