If you have a Twitter account that you haven’t touched for the past few years, you might want to start using it again because you will lose it if you don’t.
Elon Musk tweeted today that Twitter will start purging accounts that have been inactive for “several years”.
He also said that users will probably see a decrease of their follower count. This purging is most likely trying to free up usernames so that new users can use it.
According to Twitter’s “Inactive account policy“, they said they encourage people to actively log in and use Twitter when they register an account. To keep an account active, Twitter recommends that you log in at least once every 30 days. Accounts may be permanently removed due to prolonged inactivity.
However, John Carmack, co-founder of id Software and one of the creators of Wolfenstein and Doom, urged Musk not to purge the inactive accounts and their tweets because it has historical values.
After Carmack’s comment, Musk responded by stating that the accounts would be archived, but emphasised the importance of releasing unused usernames.
This news might attract inactive users to come back and log in to Twitter so that they can keep their accounts from being purged, thus bolstering Twitter’s userbase and help the company generate revenues.