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This article was published on July 16, 2009

Twitter Sue TechCrunch? Don’t Be Ridiculous…

Twitter Sue TechCrunch? Don’t Be Ridiculous…
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Former CEO of The Next Web. A fan of startups, entrepreneurship, getting things done faster, penning the occasional blog post, taking photos Former CEO of The Next Web. A fan of startups, entrepreneurship, getting things done faster, penning the occasional blog post, taking photos, designing, listening to good music and making lurrrve.

arringtonevan-cheersZDNet and other industry publications are discussing the possibility that TechCrunch may end up in court over the recent hacking and potential publication of documents obtained.

Others, stirring up further drama, mention that Techcrunch might have been removed from the Twitter’s suggested user list – despite that proving untrue…Not even all this could dampen relationships enough to have TechCrunch from the Goldmine that is Twitter’s suggested user list.

Despite the fact that whilst writing this TechCrunch released what they say to be the final two documents they plan to share. This was a win win for both companies from the start. I’m not implying this was staged, although if it was, pure genius, because the ‘hacking’ has seen Twitter enjoy even more media coverage, whilst TechCrunch get links back from publications that would like nothing more than to NOT have to write about TechCrunch.

Get to the Point Already..

What I’m trying to emphasise is that its going to take a lot more than this to get two companies in court who have been beneficial to each other for a number of years now.

Twitter is unlikely to have have grown as fast as it has without the support of a popular early adopter’s tech blog like TechCrunch. Similarly, TechCrunch is unlikely to have experienced the recent surge in growth and visitors without Twitter’s suggested user list.

The documents published, as private as some of them are, are definitely not detrimental to Twitter’s sucecss and if anything put Twitter is an awesome light. They show a company thinking about their future, growth, competitors and alike – not sitting back and watching things happen.

Oh, and if it sounds like I’m just a little jealous, it’s because I am! What blogger or publisher wouldn’t enjoy the dilemma of sharing undiscosed information about one of the hottest web properties out there.

Twitter and TechCrunch in court? Please..more like at Cheers.


I should make clear again that I’m not implying Evan or any other Twitter co-founder has enjoyed or indeed planned this entire saga. I personally went through an awful hacking ordeal this year, and I’ll never forget it. What I am merely saying is that there is no way these two companies or individuals will have their day in court over the incident – if anything, they’re both likely to end up wiser, wealthier, more secure and even more popular than before it all unfolded.

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