Marketing to Moms: Who Owns Your Tweets?

July 14, 2009 § Leave a comment

Have you heard about the new forthcoming Penguin Twitter book called Twitterature: The World’s Greatest Books, Now Presented in Twenty Tweets or Less?  It is penned by two 19-year olds who think that they can refine literature “to its purest form”.  Sounds fun and faintly reminiscent of the novels being written on cell phones.

But, if you decide to write the Great American Novel, 140 characters at a time, who owns your tweets?  According to Twitter terms of service, they basically say that it belongs to you.  However, in the same document, they also reserve the right to refuse service to any one at any time.  Ever read any of those “Mosey On” messages? 

Since social media copyrights are a new area, much of this is unproven in a court of law.  So, it is best to protect your novel, or at least keep a copy of it.  Also, since many of us trade messages with others in Twitter, often responding to their requests for responses, be informed.   You may show up in the 100 Funniest Twitters of 2009, penned by one of your famous followers, or worse, the Top 100 Rude Twitters of 2009.

It’s 10 p.m. and do you know where your Tweets are?

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