A few weeks ago, I was attempting to get hold of @crocus twitter handle, for the company I work for.
It was seemingly unused (was a “private” profile, few tweets)
So, I contacted the owner via twitter.
She replied, saying it was her profile, and we couldn’t have it.
I politely asked if she would mind perhaps using a different name, since we would really appreciate the name for our business.
I even offered her a job, managing our social networking activity.
Eventually, she emailed me:
So- she’d gotten the name, with the intention of selling it.
Now, I thought, that was a breach of “the rules” laid out by Twitter:
According to Twitter own “Username squatting policy”
Attempts to sell, buy, or solicit other forms of payment in exchange for usernames are also violations and may result in permanent account suspension.
So, I emailed their support department, asking for help.
This is their response:
So, even with a clear breach of their rules, twitter won’t get involved!
After signing up to Fiverr, I decided to give it a try.
Someone with a somewhat copyright infringing username of Twitter offers:
Twitter: I will sell you 100 real Twitter Followers for $5
However, this one seemed different.
Just over £3.30 for 100 new followers? Great feedback? It seemed too good to be true, so I thought I’d lay my $5 on the line, and give it a go.
I placed my order, and around an hour or so later, had confirmation he had begun.
Within a few minutes, I started to get email notifications of new people following me.
It seemed to be working!
25 minutes later, the emails dried up, and I assumed it was completed.
I checked my followers, and, to my amazement, I had 135 new followers!
Some were particularly random, no tweets, following loads of people etc (suspect- FAKE) but there were a few active tweeters in there.
I @ replied some of them, asking how they heard about me / why they started following me, however have not got any response
All in all, did what was said on the tin. I got over 100 followers. Using who.unfollowed.me I saw that about 15 of these unfollowed me within a week.
At 23:00, Jo Combs (twitter.com/underdog100) had just 37 followers
5 minutes later, Graham Norton had featured her tweets on his show, albeit poking fun at them, but, now, her followers had swelled to 110!
Every time I hit F5, her number of followers increases
By 23:10 the count had grown to 130… around a 300% increase in 10 minutes!
I got bored at about 23:20, but by then, the follower count had grown to 140!