Last night I was checking out sites that purport you can sell your Twitter name if you get permission from Twitter to do so. SNpros, Twirth and Birdycash are three such sites that collect Twitter profile data once someone queries a Twitter @username with their onsite appraisal tool.
I took PeteMoose out for a test drive last night…
I took PeteMoose out for a test drive last night…He is is not worth much, but apparently you can get access to his true legal name, home address, telephone number, email address, date of birth and criminal conviction records by purchasing an advanced report through Intelius.
Snpros (The Social Networking Professionals) also claim:
According to Twitter.com’s Terms of Service and “Twitter Rules“, you must receive express written permission from Twitter, Inc if you wish to sell, transfer, or trade your account or username. Our appraisal tool is intended solely to tell you what the current ‘mark-to-market’ value of your account would be if (and only if) you received permission from Twitter to sell it. If you have received permission from Twitter to sell your account, submit the form below and we will help you sell your account to our network of buyers.
BE WARNED, WE WILL CONTACT TWITTER TO CONFIRM THAT YOU INDEED RECEIVED PERMISSION TO SELL YOUR ACCOUNT. DO NOT BOTHER LYING TO US.
It is interesting to note that Twitter strictly forbids this practice under the Spam & Abuse section of site Twitter Rules.You can’t sell or make money off a Twitter profile.
Attempts to sell, buy, or solicit other forms of payment in exchange for usernames are also violations and may result in permanent account suspension.
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark
If you are really concerned about online privacy you could out the owner…
To quickly remove your profile from the SNPros site, you have to authorize their Remove My Profile Twitter app. Otherwise, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and wait a few weeks (because they don’t check their mail very often). If you are really concerned about online privacy you could out the owner, @MalcolmKDiggs on Twitter and tell him what you really think about his SNPRO’s site…
Sites like the three I listed above should be avoided. They are each registered with GoDaddy, hide behind a privacy mask, use social engineering tactics to nab the gullible, and tell plenty of lies.