A look at how Twitter squatters (or squitters) have Olympic usernames squatted until 2048.
I love the forward thinking minds of digital. Many live their lives by the motto:
“if you’re not fast you’re last”
It’s a good motto to follow.
I have to confess a bad habbit; whenever I hear of a new television show, product, up-coming event like the Olympics, etc, I immediately go to Fasthosts to check whether the domain name is registered. Nine out of ten times it is. Digital, its cut-throat.
While reading comments about the excessive use of yellow on the BBC Sports Olympics website (not to my cup of tea), it triggered my habbit to check how far into the future Olympic themed usernames on Twitter have been registered.
The answer, 2048. I wasn’t shocked at all.
Twitter have some strict rules on squitters. How well they’re enforced, I don’t know. Not very well in this scenario, at least.
Looking at the squatted profiles, I found it funny how Olympics 2040 and 2044 had a brief conversation with one another:
Olympics 2040 here we comeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
— Abdulrehman (@Olympics2040) September 14, 2010
@Olympics2040 Are you ready?? I know i am.
— Kåre Fyhn (@olympics2044) August 26, 2011
On the same theme, I also decided to check World Cup usernames too. Guess what? Squitters have hit again. One squitter is even trying to sell the World Cup 2014 username.
Hi, this twitter is on sale. If your are interested in, please, send an email to twitter.business+WorldCup2014@gmail.com
— worldcup2014 (@worldcup2014) October 4, 2008
With only a handful of years to come, I think they’re in for a chance. Again though, selling usernames violates Twitter guidelines.
What your thoughts; are squitters worth any money? Have you registered any good usernames? Would you pay for a username? Do you find the term squitter as funny as I do?