What Happens if You Violate Twitter’s New Logo Guidelines?

Twitter has a new logo. I know…who cares, right? Especially since the change is from a blue bird to a …..wait for it…a blue bird.

Along with the new logo, came new guidelines of how others are allowed to use the logo. Pictured below are all the ways in which we’re not allowed to use Twitter’s new logo.

Basically, you’re not allowed to flip the bird :-)

Illusion of Control

Some lawyers got together and decided that in order to protect Twitter’s brand, they needed to pontificate about the right and wrong usage of the logo. No doubt, brand experts were at hand to offer up their advice.

Since Social Internet is destroying many established notions of how to do business, I hope, that some day soon, the notion of “lawyering up” will vanish as well.

Any protection of your logo (or anything else for that matter) being used in whatever way someone feels like using, is illusory. What is Twitter going to do about it? Sue everybody? Wel…lawyers would certainly like that.

The Backlash

Already, many sites are pissing all over Twitter’s logo by turning it into whatever they want.

Some are turning the bird into superheros.

Twitter Sonic the Hedgehog Vs. Twitter Batman

It must cause a special kind of pain to be mocked on your own platform, ey Twitter?

Defacing the Bird

So, what happens if you violate Twitter’s new logo guidelines? It would appear, nothing.

So, I decided to get in on the action and do a little defacing of my own.

I call this one Fairy Pirate Godmother with a Goiter :-)

Stupid? Yes. Fun? Mos def. Why? You think you can do better?

Be my guest. Do a little defacement of your own and leave a link in the comments so we can check it out.

Final Word

Is yours.

Dino Dogan

Global Force for Badassery | Founder of Triberr | Refugee from Bosnia | Writer for Technorati | Speaker | Lousy Martial Artist | Pretty good singer/songwriter | Hi :-)

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  • http://twitter.com/Blue_Drift Cathleen Savage

    Hilarious! *tears running down cheeks*

  • http://southernaffiliate.com/1644/empower-network/ Jon

    Many years ago Johnny Cash sung “Boy Named Sue” and a lotta women got preggers and spawned a host of lawyers who live to sue … then the little sparrows that tweet got kidnapped by some geek to create Twitter. As they say “what goes around comes around” and the more things change the more they stay the same. Twitter’s logo dropped a few shades to perhaps signal darker times ahead. Maybe Google is threatening to take them over.

    • http://twitter.com/dino_dogan Dino Dogan

      Is that what that song is about? A Lawyer? huh…who knew? :-)

  • http://marketingwithsergio.com/ Sergio Félix

    LOL nice defacing Dino and I really wasn’t aware twitter was this concerned about their logo guidelines. I think I’m going to do one of my own now lol ;-)

    Great graphics!

    • http://twitter.com/dino_dogan Dino Dogan

      hehe…really? Great graphic? You are too kind, sir :-)

  • http://www.indiedesignz.com/ Dafeenah

    That’s awesome. Thanks for that I needed it

  • http://socialmediarevolver.com/ KrisOlin

    Why, oh why?! This is one of those quasi capitalistic marketing operations I just don’t understand. What does it matter if the damn bird is tilted 7 degrees more upwards or not?!

    I hope they did this inhouse, so no lab animals were hurt and no graphic designers were paid. Besides, it’s gone bald at six years of age!

    Oh well, at least Keef seems to like it!

    • http://twitter.com/dino_dogan Dino Dogan

      did you do the Keith Richards Twitter bird defacement? If yes, congrats, man. That is classic :-)

      • http://socialmediarevolver.com/ KrisOlin

        Dino, it’s for me to know and Twitter lawyers to find out. I’m not saying anything…

  • http://www.seeamanaboutablog.co.uk Andy Britnell

    So Twitter has become a protected species. Perhaps because numbers are declining due to competition from other logos!

  • Skittler

    Lawyers and brand experts! Two groups that don’t have a clue, but charge a fortune for it! If you tell people not to do something, they will do it. As a graphic designer of 40+ years, I learned that a long time a go. 

  • Skittler

    All it takes is a bit of spinach!