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Back in March 2007, I registered 1000+ of the best Twitter Usernames

UPDATE: Note, as mentioned below, most of these usernames have been taken away from me. I can not help you get them, so please don’t contact me about them. If they are in a ‘suspended’ state, you can likely get them from Twitter. Otherwise, if they are being used, then they likely were already taken by someone.

This is a fun little story from my past that I thought I would finally share.

When I went to the SXSW conference in March of 2007 is when I truly “got” Twitter. I saw the future. When I came home, I manually (with someone I hired) registered 1,131 usernames for city names, state names, state acronyms, sports team names, and tons of generic keywords. (Fun fact: Over the following couple of years, the usernames would collectively garner 150,000 followers)

I launched the first Twitter bots (that aren’t running anymore) and didn’t know what I was going to do with all of these generic usernames (i.e. buy, sell, dvd, book, movie, live, when, where, reply, 411, fyi, maps, on, off, mp3, pay, hotel, mail), but figured I’d come up with something.

I knew from the day I registered the usernames that I may lose them at any point — Twitter never guaranteed me these usernames — I never paid for them. Evan and I had a brief email dialogue after Twitter pulled the ‘celtics’ username from me. Evan’s issue with me was he didn’t like any one individual/business owning “a significant part of the Twitter namespace”; fair enough.

I learned not to build a business on top of another business — as Fred Wilson has said, “be your own bitch“. I had an automated system that would pull in RSS and spit headlines out to the accounts. The Twitter accounts I setup on my system were specifically sports teams (examples Sabres and Bills). They explicitly said they were ‘fan accounts’ and not affiliated with the teams. There was no monetization, although I planned to insert eBay items related to the teams sporadically and earn affiliate commissions. I was going to use the city and state names that I registered, but felt as though it’d be more of a waste of my time and money. I was going to feed city news to them, answering the “What are you doing?” question for a city — what’s currently going on in that city. I was going to use Twitter’s API to automatically update the avatar of each city with the current weather conditions. Twitter has since written an entry about ‘name squatting‘ and the use of 3rd-party RSS feeds.

With all that said, here is the list of “my” usernames. Note: Most have already been taken away from me. If any are in a ‘suspended’ state, they are basically available for the taking and you should be able to claim them for yourself. I wouldn’t start bombarding Twitter with requests for these; just request one of them if it relates to you or your business and you will use it for what Twitter is intended for: answering the “What are you doing?” question. Hopefully you’ll have a better use for them than I did.

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twtr
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ilove
ihate
site
career
jobid
swap
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lonely
livechat
emailme
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url
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top10
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  • Jchatham63

    Genius

  • Adam Dziki

    wait, so you can have all of those on a single email account? Or do you have that many email accounts? If the former, that’s bad design.

  • http://stevepoland.com/about Steve Poland

    I had them all tied to individual email accounts at one domain, thus I had a ‘catch all’ email account where I would get any updates/emails that came into those accounts via Twitter’s system. Twitter required a unique email address for each username.

  • NASSER

    then it’s a (up, in, on, ca, nh, game, lonely, buy, devils, lions, night, support) for sale.!