Celebrities May be the Death of Twitter

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    SAN FRANCISCO - APRIL 14: Attendees mingle during a break at the first annual Chirp, Twitter Developer's Conference April 14, 2010 in San Francisco, California. Chirp, the Twitter Devloper's Conference is a two day event for developers who work with the popular social networking service. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Twitter's celebrity appeal may soon be a thorn in its side.

    A company that says it has a patent on creating virtual community for famous people is suing Twitter for infringing on its copyright.

    The San Francisco-based microblogging site of course shot out into the mainstream partly thanks to a push from celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher.

    But VS Technologies says US patent no. 6,408,309, which it owns, prevents Twitter from creating a “method and system for creating an interactive virtual community of famous people,” according to TechCrunch.

    Naturally VS Technologies is seeking damages from Twitter.