I learned a lot while making this list. I think it took about ten days to build this list. I could’ve cut the time in half by cleaning up the list before checking to see which were expired. I went through about 15,000,000 URLs to compile this list. I could’ve probably whittled that down to half or a little less. It still would’ve been a massive list to sift through. I’m sure there’s still some junk you’ll have to go through to make use of this list. Don’t be surprised if I didn’t clean it up entirely.
I don’t know what the process is for a Twitter handle to become expired. I would assume some people close their account or change to a different handle. I can’t promise that all of these are in fact available. I would like to know exactly how many are out there that are expired and can be used again. I have a feeling that this list just barely scratches the surface. I could be wrong about that. I’m not sure if there’s any way for someone on the outside to know the answer to this question.
I realized while compiling this list why no one gives them away for free. It takes way too much time and computer resources. I can’t imagine someone using a home computer letting it run for almost two weeks to come up with a list. If someone had access to several dedicated servers, it would be possible to compile a list much quicker. Someone willing to spend so many resources on a project probably has some way of profiting from it.
I don’t want to take up too much of your time. I found making this list to be both interesting and frustrating at the same time. I really didn’t think it would take so long. It’s really not hard work since the server does it all. But, it does take time. A lot of it as a matter of fact.
Get the list of expired Twitter accounts here.