I would really like to see a revamp of Twitter's policies on inactive usernames. In my opinion, if a username hasn't been used in 6 months, I think it should automatically be made available to the public. Unlike domain names, which people pay for, common twitter handles have been scooped up because of the lack of monetary investment needed to maintain them. Twitter is able to purge unused accounts over time, but I haven't seen it happening very often. Automating this process is the way to go.
SOLUTION (And here's how twitter can make a few million dollars in a week)
- Twitter should take control of all usernames that have been inactive for 1 year.
- Auction off the names over the course of a week or two. Highest bidder gets the rights to the name.
- Let's assume (conservatively) there are 1,000,000 user names people would be willing to pay for. Let's also assume the average bid for these names would be 10 dollars.
- Put rules in place barring resale, and only allowing one user name to be bought per twitter user (only allow people with X number of followers to buy to ensure they are a credible party).
- Easy Money. Happy customers.