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Twitter tussle tossed out of court

An Idaho judge has dumped a complaint by an Internet entrepreneur and former Wall Street analyst accusing the Sun Valley resort and Twitter Inc. of stealing his handle, the AP reports. Leonard Barshack contended that he wasn't trying to impersonate the resort by long tweeting under the name “Sun Valley,” but the judge disagreed; at the resort's behest, Twitter deemed Barshack's account to be forbidden “non-parody impersonation.” Barshack now tweets under the Twitter handle “iwassunvalley,” the AP reports; click below for the full report from reporter John Miller. 

Idaho couple and Sun Valley in Twitter tussle

A Sun Valley couple who had been using the Twitter handle @SunValley for three years is suing after the Sun Valley Resort and the online service took the handle away, saying it belongs to the resort. Twitter told the couple that after the resort brought the issue to its attention, it determined that their use of the handle violated its policies as a “non-parody impersonation.” Click below for a full report from the AP and the Idaho Mountain Express.

Boise Police rank high for Twitter followers

The Boise Police Department has been ranked fourth-highest in the country among mid-sized police agencies for its number of Twitter followers, with more than 6,300. The only other city in the region to make the ranking was Salt Lake City, which ranked 10th at 3,712 followers.

“Twitter connections mean a lot to us, and it’s good to know that, judging by the number of followers, that connection means a lot to citizens as well,” said Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson. The chief said his department uses Twitter to “share urgent and important public safety information” along with safety-related community events, and citizens use it to interact with the department. On Twitter, the BPD is @BoisePD.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police released the rankings today; you can see their full announcement here. The No. 1 overall? The Boston Police Department, with 314,232 followers. Of course, the numbers were taken on April 30 – two weeks after the Boston Marathon bombings. NYPD came in second at 61,633.

One of ‘most powerful tweets’ came from Idaho

The Idaho Statesman’s Dan Popkey reports this morning that Congressman Walt Minnick’s concession on Twitter made Twitter’s list of the “10 Most Powerful Tweets of 2010,” ranking No. 8. The tweet, sent by campaign manager John Foster around 2 a.m. as Election Night stretched into morning, said, “Congratulations to Raul Labrador on a hard-earned win, and best of luck as Idaho’s next Congressman.” 

Other tweets making the list included one from NBC reporter Ann Curry, seeking clearance for a Doctors Without Borders plane to land in Haiti; one from the president of Ecuador declaring a state of emergency; and one from the British royal family announcing the engagement of Prince William to Kate Middleton. Popkey reported, “Asked to comment Tuesday, Foster said in an e-mail, ‘I’m stunned. It’s a huge honor.’”

You can read Popkey’s full post here, and see the full Twitter list here.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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