According to TechCrunch, “Twitter handles are quickly becoming as desirable as domains”.
A new service just lauched this week called Tweexchange, a marketplace which allows “Twitter members to exchange, buy or find Twitter usernames from other existing members.”
Tweexchange also lets you easily find what Twitter handles have been taken and recommends alternate usernames for your desired Twitter handle.
“”If you do see a Twitter name available that you’d like to buy or negotiate, Tweexchange lets you send the owner a Tweet or email inquiry.””
According to the website recently exhanged twitter names include “ukfallenangel for $100.00, bostondesigner for $15,000, and betmoney for $500,000.00.
$500K for a Twitter account?
Names currently on sale include, betonfootball $2,500, playblackjack $25,000, and getporn for $50K, just to name a few.
The most interesting part of Techcrunch’s post is:
“””Twitter Squatting” is become a popular phenomenon. People are taking up brand names, company names and famous individuals names, as user names, in the hopes of cashing in big one day, like many who bought popular domain names have in the past. Most recently, CNN and James Cox, the original owner of CNNbrk (CNN’s breaking news Twitter account) entered into a deal for Cox to act as a consultant as the network “acquired” the Twitter name. The news that CNN didn’t own the actual CNN Twitter handle emerged during CNN’s competition with Ashton Kutcher to see who reached 1 million followers first. CNN didn’t disclose how much the network is paying Cox for the consulting gig.”””
The obvious question is, if you can’t have a domain name that infringes on a famous trademark, then how can you have a twitter account and do the same?
Moreover, why whould a major corporation “do a deal” with the owner of such an infringing trademarked twitter name, rather than go after them legally in federal court?