Handlescout

Get notified when a Twitter username becomes available

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#4 Product of the DayJuly 16, 2018

Handlescout is a free service that notifies you by email when your desired Twitter username becomes available.

Reviews

  • Antoine Plu
    Antoine PluFreelance Designer
    Pros: 

    Easy to use, quick sign-up, and solving a real problem! 🙏🏻

    Cons: 

    This can take years sometimes, will the service stay up that long?

    Definitely something I wanted to avoid checking by myself.

    Thank you! 🙏🏻❤️

    Antoine Plu has used this product for one day.
  • Allison Kunz
    Allison KunzMobile app developer
    Pros: 

    Smooth experience

    Cons: 

    None so far?

    Took an annoying task off my list, much appreciated

    Allison Kunz has used this product for one day.

Discussion

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Bjorn
BjornMaker@krolsbjorn · Byteboomers
Hello everyone! 😡 Problem: I created Handlescout after personal frustrations with unavailable Twitter usernames. 😌 Solution: Handlescout automates the process of checking Twitter username availability and notifies you by email when the availability status changes. 💸 Price: FREE! From idea to launch, the project took about 10 days to complete (after work hours). If you're interested in the technical stack, you can find out more about it here: https://stackshare.io/byteboomer... Thank you for checking out Handlescout!
Bjorn
BjornMaker@krolsbjorn · Byteboomers
UPDATE: 📈 Current statistics, +- 12 hours after launch: 👪 + 1300 users 🔭 + 3000 tracked handles 😻 + 200 @ProductHunt votes 💕 I'm a happy toucan!
Amrith Shanbhag
Amrith Shanbhag@amrith · Community at Product Hunt & Feathrd
@krolsbjorn But will they ever become available 🤔 Twitter has a policy that guards these inactive accounts and getting them without having a registered trademark is close to impossible (believe me, I've tried) 🙃 So to be clear, this just keeps checking to see if the person has changed their username and notifies you if they do? Nothing to do with checking inactivity and how to apply for a request etc?
Bjorn
BjornMaker@krolsbjorn · Byteboomers
Hello @amrith, I know the pain, been there 😞 You correctly identified the *current* scope of the project, which to me seemed like an obvious starting point, but I'm very much open to extending the product to further increase it's success rate.
Amrith Shanbhag
Amrith Shanbhag@amrith · Community at Product Hunt & Feathrd
@krolsbjorn I hope you do! But I'm not sure how you'd identify and prove inactivity based on if a user as logged in or not, that's not publicly available 🤔
Moe Amaya
Moe Amaya@moeamaya · Designer—Developer
@amrith @krolsbjorn if you were to scope creep the project yourself, what were some ideas that popped up along the way?
Bjorn
BjornMaker@krolsbjorn · Byteboomers
@moeamaya Thank you for your question 👍 Couple of ideas I considered: convincing account owners to give up their name, assist username claims via trademark laws, retrieval of usernames attached to expired domains, auto-claim the account and squat it on behalf of the user, auto suggest additional usernames based on the submitted one, etc...
Moe Amaya
Moe Amaya@moeamaya · Designer—Developer
@krolsbjorn I like it! It's a similar model to park.io who grabs expired .io domains and resells them (doing $1M/yr btw). If you could automate reaching out to old handles to give them up (and maybe with a lil cash), this could be super lucrative!! Really into this idea a lot now 👏
Ethan
Ethan@booligoosh · 👨‍💻👨‍🎤 Making KanbanMail & Code The Web
Need something like this for domain names!
Amrith Shanbhag
Amrith Shanbhag@amrith · Community at Product Hunt & Feathrd
@booligoosh There are plenty! DomainWatch by @benjam1n is my favorite 💯
Isiah Hill
Isiah HillPro@isiahhill
Do you plan on keeping this service free forever?
Bjorn
BjornMaker@krolsbjorn · Byteboomers
@isiahhill The automated checks at at their current frequency (1 per hour) will always be free 👍
Guillaume Bardet
Guillaume BardetPro@guillaumebardet · Working on Qlearly.com
Well done Bjorn! Since this is focused on Twitter, have you considered registering with Twitter and receiving a tweet instead?
Bjorn
BjornMaker@krolsbjorn · Byteboomers
@guillaumebardet Thank you 👊 I did, and it's not out of the question, but I had some doubts because A) sending PMs on Twitter programmatically doesn't work when people turn them off and B) publicly broadcasting updates might not be suitable for those who want to keep their desired names as secret as possible. I am however considering creating a Twitter account where I'd broadcast all status updates for 3-letter accounts that are not yet registered by users 🤔. Cheers!
Guillaume Bardet
Guillaume BardetPro@guillaumebardet · Working on Qlearly.com
@krolsbjorn Oh right, that makes sense. That could be interesting as well! Have you considered adding additional social networks in the future?
Bjorn
BjornMaker@krolsbjorn · Byteboomers
@guillaumebardet We are exploring new methods and other networks 🗺 Got a favorite network in a mind?
Guillaume Bardet
Guillaume BardetPro@guillaumebardet · Working on Qlearly.com
@krolsbjorn Yup, twitter so that's out of the way :) In terms of demand I would probably guess IG next but I have no data to back that up lol.