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Is it possible to reactivate a Twitter account that has been deactivated or deleted?

I just deactived my little sister's account but would like to someday re-activate it using the same email address and username.

How I can do this?

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If you deactivate an account the username and email address will not be available for 30 days. After the 30 day period they can be re-used by anyone - none of your twitter history or settings etc will be stored. It will essentially be a new clean account.

Taken from the Twitter Help Center

Deactivating your account permanently removes your profile and information from Twitter. Deactivated profiles will take 30 days to clear from our internal systems. While the deactivation is being completed, usernames or email addresses cannot be used in the creation of a new account.

Before you do it, you should know...

  • This is final and permanent.
  • You do not need to deactivate your account to change your username; change it easily and at any time in your account settings.
  • Unless you change your username and email before deactivation, you will not be able to use them on a new account for 30 days.
  • Account restoration is not available at this time.

In a slight contradiction of it's own Help Center, if you have deactivated an account by accident you may be able to restore it by selecting the Restore my deleted account option on this form http://support.twitter.com/forms/general

I would have thought that this would only be possible within the 30 day period from the date of deactivation.

Further details on Account Restoration can be found here

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I have personal experience with deleting an account, waiting more than 30 days, then creating an account with the same email address and username. It works. –  William Jackson Apr 19 '11 at 15:00
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