Do Twitter’s New Application Naming Rules Spell Bad News For TweetDeck?

MG already went over much of the changes in Twitter’s new rules regarding its trademarks, logos and so on.

Here’s what struck me, going over the new guidelines:

Naming your Application or Product, Applying for a Domain

Do: Use Tweet in the name of your application only if it is designed to be used exclusively with the Twitter platform.

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

The reason why this struck me as odd is because one of the most popa desktop and mobile application for social networkingular applications with the word ‘tweet’ in its name is TweetDeck, which comes in both native desktop and mobile client forms (Adobe AIR, iOS and Android).

And is TweetDeck “designed to be used exclusively with the Twitter platform”? Well, definitely not.

TweetDeck enables people to interact with their Twitter friends via a unique interface with lots of bells and whistles, but it does much more than that. To clarify, the application boasts support for services such as Facebook, Foursquare, LinkedIn, MySpace and Google Buzz.

That’s five major offenses to Twitter’s new naming rules. Question is: does Twitter plan to effectively enforce these guidelines and lay down the law for TweetDeck (and co)?

I’ve requested a comment from Twitter and will update when I hear back from them.


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