Nick, has been using tweet as a verb since April 2008.


On Aug 12, 12:21 pm, Nick Arnett <> wrote:
> In case anybody wants some decent facts on this issue, Wikipedia has a
> pretty good article.
> I'm not a lawyer, but I published a book on IP for developers a number of
> years ago and learned a lot in the process.
> In the end, it is extraordinarily unlikely that anybody could possibly fail
> to infringe when using "Twitter" and/or their logo in a product or service
> name that is based on Twitter.  That inevitably could cause confusion about
> whether or not it is from the company Twitter or not.
> Infringement has nothing to do with whether or not the infringement is
> connected with a "good" or "bad" use, such as spamming, etc.
> It will be interesting to see what they do with "tweet."  Many attorneys
> advise that if you want to preserve rights in a mark, you have to use it
> only as a proper adjective.  Are they going to grant everybody permission to
> use "tweet" but only that way?  I'll send you a Tweet(tm) message?  Seems
> unlikely.  Tweet has become a noun and a verb, which I suspect means it is
> fated to become genericized, if it hasn't already.
> Nick

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