Apple Goes After Steve Jobs Twittter Parody Account
The Tweet said,
We may have to recall the new iPhone. This, I did not expect.There's no doubt that to most, the account is hilarious (probably not to Apple). Examples of recent Tweets:
About the iPhone's recent New Year's alarm issues:
- All mobile phones have alarm problems. Press conference Tuesday.
- You're setting it wrong.
- Please don't call this #alarmgate. That makes it seem like we did something wrong.
- The next iPhone update includes several autocorrection fixes. For instance, typing "Android" will autocorrect to "hemorrhoid."
The Twitter parody policy, which the company says was not modified after the California law went into effect, gives the following guidelines about a username:
The username should not be the exact name of the subject of the parody, commentary, or fandom; to make it clearer, you should distinguish the account with a qualifier such as "not," "fake," or "fan."Given the warning, the bio of the account has been changed to explicitly include the word "parody," as in "More than meets the i. As you should expect from a parody account."
Christof, as he's being called, still needs to change his username. He's concerned that a name change will take half the fun (or more) away, and that all the "good" Steve Jobs usernames with "fake" are taken. He said:
“Most parody doesn’t blatantly label itself. That takes away the fun and the magic of it. If @bpglobalpr had been @fakebp, it wouldn’t have caught on nearly as fast and might never have been as funny. Once you got the joke, the fact that it felt like it was really coming from BP made it all the funnier.”True, but rules are rules, and these aren't even California's rules, but rather Twitter's rules. Additionally, it's pretty well known that Apple doesn't have much of a sense of humor. Hey, they even killed off that uber-cool Steve Jobs action figure! And, as noted by @ceoSteveJobs:
Bought my daughters two of those rare Steve Jobs action figures for Christmas. Well, they're rare now.