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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 and 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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LOVErickii LOVErickii 8 years
if it's a poser then sure take it away but if their name really is miley cyrus then miley will just have to deal
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
Agreed with those above. How many Chris Browns must there be?
SilverFang9899 SilverFang9899 8 years
I'm rather torn on this. I can understand from the celeb's POV that they don't wish to be impersonated. At the same time, people might have the same name as the celeb and wish to use it. Quite a conundrum.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
Twitter sucks anyway. I don't get this bull$hit obsession.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
Twitter can do what it wants, it's privately owned. This is going to piss off fewer people than it would attract. I'm sure fanteens would love knowing that their favorite celeb is actually who their sn says they are.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
If it's your name I could see how it would be messed up, but who uses their real full name as an sn anyway. I think that would just be begging for stalkers. No, my guess is most celeb names are that, celeb names, and anyone who's entire internet identity revolves around a celebrity is a bit off in general to me, so I don't care a whole lot.
MissMarisol MissMarisol 8 years
I think it's wrong. It's a free service for all so why should some get preferential treatment. Look at Demi & Ashton -- they aren't using their full names. Maybe celebrities aren't as creative.
caroline_1 caroline_1 8 years
if i were a samantha ronson and had to give up my twitter to another samantha ronson, just because she's got an awesome itunes library and dated a famous chick... i'd be PISSED.
JennaV JennaV 8 years
If it's their name, why shouldn't they have it? :ponder:
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
if somebody is just squatting on them then they have every right to be annoyed, though. =)
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
why should we pander to these people with over inflated egos anymore than we already do? if they haven't poached their name fair and square LIKE THE REST OF US HAVE TO then sucks to be them. =)
girlwparasol girlwparasol 8 years
yeah, i agree with anyone else who's said "sometimes two people have the same name". if someone else had my name, twitter certainly wouldn't yank it from them to give it to me. nor would they play king solomon with it. celebrities typically have a good amount of money and can afford to hire a team of people to register their name on every website for them, if they covet their name so much. if they can't be bothered to get there first, their loss. i understand websites try to keep celebrities happy, because celebrity users will inevitably bring in more users, but still. if i can keep aware of new websites well enough to register my name first, they should CERTAINLY be able to. they aren't working 9-5 at jobs that ban the internet, after all.
courtneybella courtneybella 8 years
Only if it's a unique name that we're pretty sure no one else has--Suri, for example. If it's actually your real name, then no, that's not fair. The celebrity should have to suck it up.
vivaciousv1114 vivaciousv1114 8 years
That's such complete crap. Unless a celeb has some really unique name that no one else has, no one should be able to take a user name from you. There are plenty of people with the same name and giving it to a celeb just because they are famous is one of the stupidest things I have ever heard. How do they know my name isn't Jennifer Lopez?
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
I don't understand why you'd be using a celebs name if you weren't them or you weren't pretending to be them. Unless it happens to be your name also, give it up.
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 8 years
yea, I basically agree with everyone else. I know many people with the name jennifer and lopez is a common last name where I live. so i've met quite a few jennifer lopez(es). so I can see where that would suck for people who share a first and last name with a famous person.
only-so-cute only-so-cute 8 years
What about people who have the same name as celebrities? there was a colin farrell at my college.
Faylinn Faylinn 8 years
Anon and sundaygreen: that was my thought, too. Not everyone in Hollywood has an incredibly unique name. Only their children do (Ha!). After all, how many Daniel Craigs or Patrick Wilsons are out there?
sundaygreen sundaygreen 8 years
i can understand if people are pretending to be a celebrity, then they shouldn't be allowed to use the name, but if it is YOUR real name & you registered it first - it shouldn't be taken away from you.
Frenched Frenched 8 years
I don't see anything wrong with it. Sure, it sucks that they're taking your username away from you but that way it will be easier for other fans to find their favorite celebrity. It's a little bit "preferential" but I don't see what the big deal is. Everyone knows that a bunch of celebrities "tweet" nowadays.
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