The episode with losing my twitter name had a happy resolution, as I received the following today:
Just wanted to confirm: your user name is yours again. We have a list of requested names from MTV who potentially belong to other people, but if they don’t want to give them up, they don’t have to. Most times people don’t mind, but sometimes they do; we apologize for the trouble. Let me know if you have any more questions.
Aha! So it was MTV that tried to steal my username. Somehow I’m not surprised. If they weren’t already loathing themselves for creating some of the lowest brow entertainment on Earth I’d take this opportunity to heap even more scorn on them.
Three cheers to Twitter for doing the right thing.