Twitter wants to make your 'tweetstorms' legit

It's trying to trademark the term

Tweetstorm

You know when someone gets a bee in their bonnet about something and "takes to" Twitter to launch a multi-tweet rant about a small change to the Creme Egg recipe or an imaginary slight they suffered at the hands of a McDonalds employee?

That's what people on Twitter and "the media" have been unofficially calling a Tweetstorm - and now Twitter has paid $975 to trademark the term.

It's not the first time Twitter has taken ownership of something created by mere mortals like you and us - @ replies, hashtags and retweets were all the invention of the Twitter community rather than handed down from on high.

Trademarking the word "Tweetstorm" somehow makes the practice more official - as though going off on a huge, boring tirade that you have to scroll backwards through to work out what it's even about is an acceptable use of Twitter, instead of simply a great reason to unfollow someone.

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Via Buzzfeed

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