Twitter Tweets by Erik Heels 2008-Present

Because history.

Dear Intertubes:

I’ve been on Twitter for a long time (since 2008, not 2010, which (thanks to a Twitter bug) is what my account indicates). I initially used Twitter a lot, then less, the deleted lots of Tweets, then Twitter broke, and now I care less. But I still care a little. So here are some of the Tweets I saved, to further (and possibly finally) document the Twitter-no-longer-loves-me bug.

Plus because history.



2008 Tweets

2009 Tweets

2010 Tweets

2011 Tweets

2012 Tweets

2013 Tweets

2014 Tweets

2015 Tweets

Erik J. Heels is a patent and trademark lawyer for Boston startups, Red Sox fan, MIT engineer, and musician. He blogs about technology, law, baseball, and rock ‘n’ roll at

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Clock Tower Law Group filed historic favicon.ico trademark.

You know that little icon that appears next to the URL in your browser? The same little icon that appears in your bookmarks window, on browser tabs, and in web feeds? That little icon, the favicon, can now be registered as a trademark with the USPTO. Yahoo! registered (what I believe to be) the first favicon trademark on 01/15/08.

I have always believed that favicon (short for “FAVorite ICON”) files are trademarks when they are distinct and act as source identifiers. But I could find no evidence of anyone ever trying to register a favicon.ico file as a trademark. If favicon.ico files were not important, then Google, Apple, Linux, Microsoft, Right Media, Yahoo!, and others would not spend so much time on them. Right Media decided to test the trademark waters with its favicon trademark application on 05/02/07.

At first glance, it is not immediately apparent that the trademarked favicon is, in fact, a favicon. You have to look at the specimens and the specimen description from the file wrapper (available via the USPTO’s TDR (Trademark Document Retrieval) database):

SPECIMEN DESCRIPTION: one page from applicant’s website showing the trademark as a favorite icon file, also known as a favicon.ico or favicon file; and another web page from a web-based feed reader showing the mark from and indicating the source of applicant’s weblog feed

And here are the specimens marked up to show the favicons (click to enlarge):



Now that favicon.ico files can be registered as trademarks, everybody might want one!

In the spirit of full disclosure, Right Media (acquired by Yahoo!) is/was a client of Clock Tower Law Group and is mentioned in this article.