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New Twitter Guidelines could be a Name Changer for Tweetdeck

Our favorite micro-blogging site Twitter, has recently posted some new guidelines for app developers.  The post on twitter.com found here, still says you can feel free to use the terms “TW” or “Twit” however if you scroll down to the bottom of the “Dont’s” you will see”

Don’t:  “Use Tweet in the name of your application if used with any other platform”

The entire posts deals with guidelines in using “Twitter” trademarks. Like Hootsuite (which we use for our twitter account on a regular basis) Tweetdeck allows posts to other sites besides twitter.  These other social media sites include: Facebook,  MySpace, Linked In, Google Buzz and Foursquare. By that simple fact, and ease of use on the part of Tweetdeck users, they are currently breaking the rules. Pocket-Link.com (The source for this story) suggests that either Tweetdeck will have to drop the support of the other social sites or be grandfathered in somehow.

This won’t be the first time that a very popular twitter application has made a name change. Earlier in the year Android benchmark twitter app Twidroid, changed the spelling of it’s name from Twidroid to Twidroyd as a precautionary measure because LucasArts holds the trademark to the name “Droid”.

Soure: Twitter.com via Pocketlink

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  1. Just to let u know this is a non issue.. go to techcrunch and read their article on the issue. Twitter has made exceptions for tweetdeck. End of story

  2. I think Twitter are getting a little petty with this. I don’t think they would mind TweetDeck using it though. I reckon it brings in a hefty amount of traffic for Twitter.

  3. Twidroid changed its name to Twidroyd, not Twydroid. Your respelling doesn’t fix the “droid” in the name.

    Anyway, while I suspect TweetDeck will be grandfathered in, I also suspected TweetDeck’s been planning a name change for a while now. They’re less and less focused on Twitter and more and more focused on being the central hub for all your status updates. The name doesn’t imply that, and growing beyond their current market to people who use other networks first and foremost might require a less specific name. I wouldn’t be terribly surprised if Twitter and TweetDeck had already discussed this and the changes came about with a plan already in mind.

  4. Wait so they changed the i to a y but kept droid and they think because of that they can’t get sued? Plus with the word “droid” in another word they wouldn’t be able to be sued… I checked it out when I was running AllDroid

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