• http://www.esocialmedia.com Jerry Nordstrom

    Let me take a counter view to this Greg. I have not reviewed with full process that Twitter.org takes one through as I didnt want to be hit with all sorts of tagging. As far as I can tell they are a tacky survey site which is really a way to generate data lists. Annoying and a PIMA, but illegal? Not always.

    The only thing I see here as an attempt to confuse is the use of the same font and color scheme. That said take a close look at LinkedIn, Twitter and the new MySpace.com. Pretty damn similar in my view. Is LinkedIn squatting on Twitter’s design? Did Facebook not copy MySpace? If twitter.org simply changed the Font and made sure they had the proper disclosures regarding the survey and their company I see no legal reason they should not be able to continue using their domain name.

    Twitter.org registered their domain name: Created On:03-Oct-2005 18:56:34 UTC
    And although twitter.com was registered in 2000, the company and its famous service was not established until 2006!

    So although I am no advocate of the style of “service” twitter.org is putting forth I am very concerned about any company’s ability to claim a domain name just because they feel it interferes with their business. Its a slippery slope whereby large companies can crush any competition by taking their domain names away.

  • Gijsbert Oord

    They forgot to register Twitter.nl as well.

  • http://twitter.com/gsterling Greg Sterling

    Fair enough . . . perhaps if the site were clearly distinguished from the current Twitter it would be more acceptable. But there’s clearly an effort to confuse people and benefit from that confusion by using the Twitter brand to confer credibility or legitimacy on the survey and associated links. Also there may be some illegality in the underlying, associated companies (perhaps affiliates) and their various schemes. Not 100% sure there but lots of shady stuff going on.

  • http://www.socialbakers.com/ Michal Smetana

    I’m very much looking forward how this dispute turns out. I think, though, that Twitter will be the winner of this…

  • http://www.sagerock.com/blog Sage Lewis

    I’m sure this is something that Mechanical Turk can solve. It’s pretty much a CAPTCHA problem.

  • http://davezan.com/ Dave Zan

    @Nordstrom:disqus & @twitter-2575811:disqus – if anything, the one behind Twitter.org is “riding” on Twitter’s popularity and trademark rights that many countries’ IP laws don’t allow. While the .org could’ve been used for anything else (even non-commercial if ever), what it does now is what’ll give it problems.

    Besides, the administrative proceeding Twitter.com filed for has certain standards it must meet. It’d be shocking if Twitter.com doesn’t satisfy them.