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”.