Real Or Fake: Singer Tweet Is Considering Suing…Twitter?

March 23, 2013  |  


Unfortunately, this is real. Very, very real.

First of all, let’s just get this out of the way: you all remember singer Tweet, right? She had the song “Oops  (Oh My)” from her amazing debut album Southern Hummingbird.  Okay good, we’re all on track now. Back to business.

Well, she recently had a little chat with All Hip Hop about where she’s been since the release of her second album and the new music on her latest EP. They then mentioned to her that Twitter has become insanely popular and asked if she considered changing her name. This was her response:

“No. If anything, Twitter would have to change something up. I was here first, and they took everything that I brought to the table. I brought the bird, the name and I will never change. I’ve been Tweet since I was a little girl. It’s not a phase name, that’s who I am. My father gave me that nickname, so no way am I changing that at all.”

They went on to ask her about the rumor of her possibly suing Twitter:

“No, it’s no rumor. I didn’t go that far, yet. Yes, there is a case, and there is room for that. I haven’t really pursued it fully yet.”

There’s just so much confusion here. First, singer Tweet actively uses Twitter to tweet to her fans.  The only reason anyone knows she has a new EP out is because she uses the site to promote her music (I don’t know about you but I don’t think any of my local radio stations have asked her to come promote it). The excitement over her, so to speak, has dwindled – at least from a record label perspective – so Twitter is the easiest and cheapest route for her to get info out to the masses.

Second, whether or not Twitter decided for themselves that the word “tweet” would be used to define what people are doing on the site, a lot of people just decided that’s the word they would use to describe what they were doing anyway.What other word would there eve be? “Twittering?” That just sounds silly.

Third: With all due respect, ma’am, the vast majority of people on Twitter probably don’t know you. The head honchos at Twitter don’t know you. Personally, I’m a fan; back when Southern Hummingbird came out, my friends and I would sing the entire album and actually, we called it “tweeting.” So, while I think it is funny how the two have that connection in my world (and maybe a few of you too), let’s not get too crazy. It’s not like the use of the word on Twitter has caused her to lose money or for people to become insanely confused.

If she actually decides to pursue this, I’d be really interested to hear what she’d like them to change.  I’d also like to know if she would sue them for money because to move forward on something like this and possibly ask for money, the figure would likely be pretty high. Hilarious.

By the way, Tweet does have an EP out called Simpy Tweet and she says her new album will be out during the summer or in September. Now, that’s something to be [cautiously] excited about.

What do you think about this? Would Tweet have a leg to stand on?

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  • SheMakesBeats!

    Yeah I think she should, something should be worked out really though because when you try to search Tweet you only get Twitter and other artist who are using Twitter, you have to search Tweet singer, so yeah because of this she’s gotten lost in this search engine jungle. Even though she was not born with that name she has promoted herself and products with that name; made a living with that name and based on the Trademark/Copyright guidelines she is entitled to it and owns the name. Remember Sean Combs (f,k,a. Diddy) was sued because a DJ in London was using Diddy his name has cause confusion, now P. Diddy was sueed and paid cost and damages and rebranded. So yeah she should. I don’t think its because she needs money, don’t forget she does shows and owns copyrights to songs and owns publishing, its about the confusion it is causing between her brand and Twitter.

  • After looking into this deep i think this is more about her preserving her right to use HER name in any way she would like to. Being that Twitter is so big, it is very possible they could restrict her usage of the name. It is better for her to get things sorted out now then to have to deal with reprocussions later should she become more successful in her music career.

  • 2Ja2

    In my Twitter voice: Girl take several…(seats)!

  • Tweet is not suing twitter, she even went on facebook to set the record straight because this mess right here is fake, no truth in it at all. Madame Noire deleted her comment for telling the truth.

  • Natasha T

    The word Tweet has been around for eons, even before she was born and Twitter came along. Looks like someone needs the money to pay some bills.

  • MissRealuminatti

    I heard Tweety Bird will join her in a class action lawsuit! Twitter is gon’ learn today!!!

    • Natasha T

      Dead at Tweety Bird!

  • Guest360

    I love her but is she serious? Did you copyright the name? No….you didn’t. Were there other things that had the name “tweet” in it before you became famous? Why yes. Why aren’t you suing Warner Bros. for the use of “Tweety bird”? When you heard the Jackson 5 singing about the birds “going tweet, tweet, tweet”, that was your in. But that wouldn’t give you the attention you so seek. It’s much better to go after a massive corporation for using a name that you feel you’re entitled to use but didn’t bother to try to copyright the thing *side eye*. Honey have several seats and come up with a different way to be relevant again.

  • SheBe

    Poor Lil Tweet Tweet…

  • elp

    OMG, all the pop ups are killing me on this site…

  • unque43

    I remember when she came out, but in the case of Twitter, I have never thought of her when it comes to Twitter. Besides that she using the site to get her music and latest info about her out . Not smart Tweet, you don’t own the name and its even spelled different.

  • shame on you

    Tweet had it going on….but every one under Missy Eliot’s label never get pass the second CD

    • IllyPhilly

      True. I was just thinking about Nicole Wray and Mocha. Remember them?

  • Tweet is not a name she was given from birth&she hasnt copyrighted or filed papers to make it unusable.It was a childhood nickname that she used as her rap name.I dont think she has a case.Twitter doesnt owe her anything.Its ridiculous.

    • Mia

      No u didn’t just call her a rapper! Lol

    • SheMakesBeats!

      see my post

  • I’d ask them to pay me something for every time someone mentions the word tweet or tweeting publicly LOL. (TV, Radio, print)

  • Color Me Crazy

    Poor Tweet suing for nothing she really needs money

    • kierah

      She needs attention…