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Jennifer Lopez Wins Name URL Lawsuit, Other Celebs Get Twitter Username Privileges

Should Celebrities Be Given Seniority to Online Usernames?

One word of advice, don't register any Jennifer Lopez URLs in the near future. The entertainer and mother of two just won her cybersquatting (must add this one to the geek dictionary) case against a man who registered jenniferlopez.net and jenniferlopez.org to send users to a pay-per-click ad site.


And speaking of celebrities and names, Twitter is now taking celebrity usernames and giving them back to the real celebrity. That's right, say you register your Twitter username under the alias Lindsay Lohan (probably already taken) but say you did secure that name, Twitter would probably take it from you later and tell you to pick a different name.

What is going on here? Is Twitter realizing that their popularity is increasing due to celebrity participation and therefore is striving to give them preferential treatment over other users? And how do they determine who a real "celeb" is? Is every A, B, C, and even D list celeb going to be knocking on Twitter's door begging for their name back?

What are your thoughts on this? Should celebs be given any preferential URL and/or username treatment when it comes to the web? In the meantime, this non-celeb geek will keep using Namechk to see what sites I can and can't use my real name for.

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