New Twitter Logos And New Rules: Don’t Use Old Ones, Don’t Screencap Others’ Tweets

Today on the Twitter blog, the company wrote a post that was all of three sentences to let people know about their new logos. Yay!

But there’s actually quite a bit more to it then it seems.

If you follow the link they provide to Guidelines page, you’ll find some interesting tidbits. Among them:

  • Don’t: “Use anything other than the most current versions of the Twitter logos.”
  • Don’t: “Use screenshots of other people’s profiles or Tweets without their permission.”

Both are interesting because both are broken all the time. Well, okay the first one doesn’t quite count yet because Twitter just officially launched their new logos. But hundreds if not thousands of sites around the web have been using old or fake Twitter logos to represent the company for a long time.

The the latter rule is even more potentially troublesome. Tweets are known to be public items, but Twitter is saying you can’t use screenshots of them without permission. We do this all the time. So does just about every other publication. We’ve never been told this is wrong, but now Twitter is saying it’s a no-no.

Interesting that Twitter is just now trying to formalize some kind of rules of etiquette in regards to sharing others’ Tweets. You’d think that, after years of successfully crowd-designed rules, ethics, symbols, and conventions, that they would continue to let its users dictate not only what, but how, they Tweet.

I’m not sure this is a clever way to cement your brand. It feels more like an Apple move than a Twitter move, and predictability and consistency have been what developers have taken issue with, especially over the last year, with it’s usurped standards like the twitter mobile client and major UX redesign.

Apple Briefly Approves DOS Emulator for iPhone and iPad

A new iOS app called iDOS runs programs originally written for the old Microsoft DOS operating system from the 80s and 90s, including thousands of classic PC games and early versions of Microsoft Windows. The powerful app was approved by Apple late Monday night but it was just pulled from the app store — tragic, since it’s a vision of just how awesome a DOS emulator could be on the iPhone (iPhone) or iPad.

What the logic here? Sure, Apple wants to compete with Microsoft in every way it can – but does that seriously include fighting some decades old war with DOS? It’s time for Apple to realize freedom is the name of the game these days; fine, keep our porn, keep our wifi tethering, keep our coverage absurdly low – but don’t take away my fucking 8-bit DOS games.

What’s the upside to not allowing customers to play with an emulator? Making them too happy? It’s probably just the fact that the emulator didn’t hook into its new ad-supported Game Prison, or whatever it’s called.

Google TV Growing Pains: Networks Block Web TV Shows | Epicenter |

“The networks aren’t blocking Google TV because it’s Google. They are blocking Google TV because it is putting a web TV show, with web TV show economics, on a TV, which would be incredibly disruptive to their business,” Learnmonth writes. “The reason the networks are blocking Google TV and Boxee (and Hulu is still PC-only) is about ad revenue: they don’t get enough of it from the web. And letting you watch “Glee” on your TV, but via the web and Google TV, means substituting high broadcast revenue for lower digital revenue.”

I’m afraid TV networks are heading down the same worn-out path the music labels took: denying your customers access to the information they want, when they want it, is a recipe for creating an entirely new industry, that excludes you from the equation.

Beware networks; people love Google way more than they love you.

Wholesale Applications Community Adds 32 Members, Shaping Up as iTunes Threat

The new standard aims to make mobile applications available for nearly every mobile phone, not just smartphones or those running a particular operating system, like Apple’s iOS. Apps supporting the standard will be able to launch in all WAC members’ application stores, reaching a much broader market than device-specific apps do.

Absolutely love this idea; developing apps is an absurdly fragmented process right now.

New Icon Next to Online Ads Allows You to Opt Out of Tracking

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