Twitter, though not as popular as Facebook or Instagram, got many users. And many of them are inactive, which is typical for all social networks. Every social network, like Facebook or even video services like YouTube, got many users which will be inactive after some time or these users will create duplicate, fake or scam accounts. This is a big issue and Twitter decided to clean this mess.
Twitter is sending e-mail to owners of inactive accounts. If these users won’t sign in by December 11th, their account will be terminated and username will be available to register, though there is no exact day when will be terminated usernames available again for any new account:
This e-mail will be sent to all users which did not sign in in more than 6 months. This process will happen over many months, so don’t expect that your chosen, but registered by other person, username will be available since December 12th.
What about deceased? Will be these accounts removed as part of that process, or will be possible to memorialize these accounts? Server The Verge asked about this. Response from Twitter’s spokeperson:
“We do not currently have a way to memorialize someone’s Twitter account once they have passed on, but the team is thinking about ways to do this.”
If you want to keep your account, but don’t want to tweet anything, it’s simple. Just sign in and follow Twitter’s instructions. You don’t have to tweet anything.
Also, usernames under 5 characters can be no longer registered on Twitter. Existing short-named usernames should work as usual.
Source: The Verge
Update 1st – 02. December 2019: Twitter decided not to delete any accounts yet:
We’ve heard you on the impact that this would have on the accounts of the deceased. This was a miss on our part. We will not be removing any inactive accounts until we create a new way for people to memorialize accounts.