Securing your company's name on twitter?


I'm currently using @zeeenmedia because someone on the other side of the world has an account, used only intermittently, named @zeeen.

Is there a good way to contact that user to work out a swap?

How have other startups handled this problem?

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asked Aug 29 '11 at 02:39
Blaise Freeman
16 points

3 Answers


In all seriousness if you own a trademark for zeeen then Twitter will release the name to you.

Username squatting is prohibited by the Twitter Rules.

If your report involves impersonation or trademark infringement,
please consult those policies for instructions for reporting these
accounts. Please note that if an account has had no updates, no
profile image, and there is no intent to mislead, it typically means
there's no name-squatting or impersonation. Note that we will not
release inactive or squatted usernames except in cases of trademark

Attempts to sell, buy, or solicit other forms of payment in exchange
for usernames are also violations and may result in permanent account
answered Sep 3 '11 at 04:54
353 points


Why don't you DM them and ask?

It is a sign of the times though. Any new venture has to do a lot of name-checks to see if they are available. Used to be just the .com, now Twitter, Facebook, etc need to be free too.

answered Aug 29 '11 at 03:09
Steve Jones
3,239 points
  • unfortunately they speak another language and aren't following me so I can't DM them either way... – Blaise Freeman 12 years ago
  • Okay, but you can still message them, via Twitter. Use Google translate if you don't know the language. It isn't perfect, but better than nothing. Also, the person in question seems to be on LinkedIn, which might be able to help. You could write to him at SK Telecom in Korea to make contact, as a last resort. – Steve Jones 12 years ago


Try to go after @neeez. It's catchy because it's @zeeen spelled backwards and judging by her tweets, it looks like she may be more open for a swap!

answered Aug 30 '11 at 12:01
353 points
  • Interesting idea thanks for the suggestion. – Blaise Freeman 12 years ago

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