Do you own your twitter account?

Ars Technica once again has an interesting blog post about ownership of twitter account. An online blog called Phone Dog is suing a former employee for taking his twitter account, and more importantly its followers, with him when he left the company. This is possible because twitter is one of the few online services which let you rename an existing account. A feature I’ve yet to take advantage of, but really quite useful as your online persona evolves overtime.

So this whole stink again raises the complex issue of where the boundary between professional and personal online personas exist. Personally I that this issue is only a result of the newness of twitter, any new company should now be thinking about these issue and establishing an employee twitter policy. One that explicitly states whether or not employees should be keeping a professional and personal profile and what kind of materials is a appropriated for each.


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