Two words Facebook wants to own (more to come)

Like it or not (ahem), Facebook wants more than your data.  They want to own what you say: your words.  More speciafically, "like" and "face".

You're probably familiar with the "Like" button on Facebook.  Well, they know you like "Like" so much they want to trademark the word.  Part of their application also involves using the word "like" as well as the "Like" button.  But that's old news.

What's a bit newer is that Facebook is looking to trademark the word "face" as it pertains to its use online.

According to, "Facebook first filed for this trademark almost five years ago in December of 2005. That was when it had only raised its first venture round of investment from Accel Partners and was still a college social networking site."

The site goes further to suggest that the trademark would cover the word “face” when it pertains to:

Telecommunication services, namely, providing online chat rooms and electronic bulletin boards for transmission of messages among computer users in the field of general interest and concerning social and entertainment subject matter, none primarily featuring or relating to motoring or to cars.

Does this sound crazy to you?  What words are next? How about the word "friend" when used as a verb?  You can be sure Facebook will continue on this shopping spree to own your words.



Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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