I have one Twitter account that people follow me for some time @mike_and_long_name and now I have managed to get a much shorter @mike_me handle. As a bonus, no one follows the new handle - it's protected and unused so far.
Is it possible for me to perform an exchange so that my followers don't need to subscribe to my new shorter account?
Can I do this myself or would I have to open a support ticket with Twitter?
Does either way preserve links to old tweets in a transparent manner?
If you could explain the ramifications of doing this and any gotchas you have found, that would be even better. Knowing that the API calls and URL history of the old account moves to the new account would be ideal.