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Tweeting about Twitter's Terms
By Dave Winer on Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 2:59 PM.

There's a lot of tweeting going on about Twitter's terms of use for the API. #

Not sure what's new, I don't pay close attention. But the focus seems to be on Section I, paragraph 5, sub-E.  #

"You may not use Twitter Content or other data collected from end users of your Client to create or maintain a separate status update or social network database or service." #

A picture named twitterContentSmall.jpg #

What this seems to mean is: #

1. If your client touches the Twitter API, then any text or data the user enters into that app becomes Twitter Content. #

2. You cannot use that data to form a new service. So there goes the idea of Twitter clients sharing info between each other using RSS. They should have done it a long time ago, now they would be able to fall back on that net (and that's why Twitter wouldn't be able to pull this string now). #

3. You can't be half in and half out. Either you connect to Twitter, and they own you and your users, or you don't connect to Twitter. #

I don't think there's really anything here that wasn't obviously coming before. I've said it many times, but I guess people don't read my posts, otherwise why are they surprised. This has been a long time coming. #

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